Murder in Gautier Has Police on High Alert

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Updated: 1/21 7:12 pm
Now, police plan to put their assets where they are needed most. Hunter Miller's murder put Gautier on alert. Police say the 26-year-old was buying prescription pills when an attempted robbery turned fatal and he crashed into a fence in southern Gautier. Now, police are answering the public plea for more security. Today, Gautier Police had a press conference about the recent murder in the south part of the city. Chief Dante Elbin of the Gautier Police says, "I don’t want the residents of Gautier to feel unsafe in their community." Last week, 26-year-old, Hunter Miller, of Biloxi was found shot in his vehicle at the intersection of University and Ladnier in southern Gautier. He died while being transported to Singing River Hospital. Yesterday, 23-year-old, Nicholas Marcel De Morst, of Moss Point was arrested in Pascagoula as a suspect in Miller's murder. Another man, suspected as an accessory to murder, was also arrested. Police say De Morst was trying was trying to rob Miller when he was shot. Now police are planning to tighten their grip on southern Gautier. Chief Elbin also says, "We are formulating plans to heighten patrols in these areas."

Gautier Police say they want their residents to always feel safe, and they have plans to create a presence in another part of the city. Jerry Cooksey of Gautier Police says, "We are looking into creating a substation close to the area." The old Boys and Girls Club on Ladnier Road is now city property and is expected to be a police substation in southern Gautier that will be fully operational in two weeks. Police hope the satellite location will restore peace of mind for residents of the area. Cooksey also says, "We definitely don't want the residents of that area to think that we're not interested in helping them." In addition to more officers on the street, police also plan to bring in task force road blocks to isolate any criminal activity in the city. Chief Elbin closes, "We're just going to take it up a notch and try to take the criminal element out of our city and make them realize this isn't a city for them to operate." The suspected triggerman, Nicholas De Morst, has his preliminary hearing tomorrow in Gautier.
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