Former Starkville Police Officer Indicted for 2017 Shooting
A former officer with the Starkville Police Department turned himself in Monday on a one-count indictment following a shooting that occurred while he was on duty, announced Attorney General Jim Hood.
Gary Wheeler, 25, of Starkville was indicted by an Oktibbeha County grand jury on one count of aggravated assault. The indictment states that on June 3, 2017, he “purposely, knowingly, or recklessly under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life,” caused serious injury to Zyterrious Gandy by shooting into Gandy’s vehicle and striking him in the legs and stomach. Gandy survived the incident.
If convicted, Wheeler faces up to 20 years in prison. A charge is merely an accusation, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law. His court date is set for October 15 in Oktibbeha County Circuit Court.
This case was investigated by the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation and will be prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Stan Alexander with the AG’s Public Integrity Division.