Armed man booked on misdemeanors at protest confrontation in Columbus
COLUMBUS, Miss. — Authorities in Mississippi say a man armed with a rifle and a handgun was arrested on misdemeanor charges after confronting protesters at the site of a Confederate monument.
The incident happened Saturday at the Lowndes County Courthouse in Columbus.
Police Chief Fred Shelton told The Dispatch that the man faces charges of public drunkenness and disturbing the peace. He identified the man as 61-year-old Teddy Billingsley of Columbus.
Saturday’s protest came days after the Lowndes County Supervisors voted along racial lines against removing the monument. A witness told the newspaper that the suspect used racial slurs before being moved away by police.