Black FedEx driver said he was shot at by two white men during deliveries in Mississippi: report

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Black FedEx driver said he was shot at by two white men during deliveries in Mississippi: report
  • A Mississippi FedEx driver told The Mississippi Free Press on Friday he was shot at by two white men while he was delivering packages.

  • The outlet reported that Gregory Case was charged with conspiracy, and Brandon Case was charged with aggravated assault

  • An attorney for the driver, D'Monterrio Gibson, told local press that they want the two suspects to be charged with a hate crime.

A Black FedEx driver in Mississippi said he was shot at while making deliveries by two white men who deemed him "suspicious."

D'Monterrio Gibson, 24, told the Mississippi Free Press on Friday that he was delivering a package on the evening of January 24 when he noticed a white pickup truck blocking a driveway. He presumed the truck's driver was leaving the driveway, so he tried to move.

"They get extremely close to me and start blowing their horn," Gibson told the outlet. "As I'm leaving the driveway, he starts driving in the grass trying to cut me off. My instincts kick in, I swerve around him, and I start hitting the gas trying to get out of the neighborhood because I don't know what his intentions are."

Gibson said as he drove down the street, he saw a man in the road.

"There's another guy standing in the middle of the street pointing a gun at my windows and signaling to me to stop with his hands, as well as mouthing the word, 'Stop.' I shake my head no, I hide behind the steering wheel, and I swerve around him as well. As I swerve around him, he starts firing shots into my vehicle," Gibson told the outlet.

As he fled, one of his FedEx managers called him, and when Gibson told her what had happened, she ordered him to return to the station. As he drove, Gibson noticed the pickup truck was following him.

"I just went as fast as I could," Gibson told the outlet. "He chased me all the way to the interstate."

Gibson told the outlet he called another FedEx manager and then called the police. When he told the police what happened and where he was, Gibson said the police told him they had already been called with a report of a "suspicious person at this address."

"I was like, 'Sir, I'm not a suspicious person, I work for FedEx. I was just doing my job," he told The Free Press.

Gibson told the outlet he had been driving a Hertz rental at the time of the shooting, but he was wearing his FedEx uniform. He said the vehicle also had at least two bullet holes in it, and three packages inside the van had bullet holes in them as well.

A spokesperson for FedEx did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.

The Free Press reported that Gregory Case and his son, Brandon Case, turned themselves into police on February 1.

Gregory Case, who drove the pickup truck, was charged with conspiracy, and Brandon Case, who fired the shots, was charged with aggravated assault. They posted bail on $75,000 and $150,000 bonds, respectively, The Free Press reported.

Gibson told the outlet that he felt "disrespected" when a white officer asked him if he was "doing anything to make them think (he) looked suspicious" at the time of the shooting.

"They can't take the law into their own hands," the 24-year-old said of the Cases.

The Brookhaven Police Department did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.

Gibson's attorney, Carlos Moore, told The Free Press he wants the FBI and the state of Mississippi to investigate the shooting, and he wants the justice department to "prosecute this as a hate crime," comparing the case to the shooting of Ahmaud Arbery.

"It's just sad that it happens. It seems to be a copycat duo copying off the Ahmaud Arbery case," Moore told The Free Press. "They saw this man was a Black man, and they just hauled off and shot at him multiple times, at least the younger son did. The older guy tried to entrap him. They were working concertedly to try to entrap and kill this man."

Moore did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment but told The Associated Press on Friday that he wanted both suspects "charged with attempted murder."

In a statement to Insider, District Attorney Dee Bates said his office is aware of Gibson's case and that once the police investigation concludes, the case will be presented before a municipal court. Then, it will go before the district attorney and a grand jury to seek an indictment.

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