Teenager Arrested In Shooting Death Of Texas Bass Fisherman

Police have arrested a teenager in the shooting death of a Texas bass fisherman who was in Mississippi to compete in a Bassmaster tournament this week.

James "Jimmy" Johnson was shot to death Sunday night at a motel in Jackson, Miss. (Bassmaster photo/James Overstreet)

JACKSON, Miss. (October 16, 2013)—A teenager was in custody Wednesday in Jackson, Miss., charged with capital murder in the shooting death of James “Jimmy” Johnson, 56, a bass fisherman from Texas, who was killed Sunday night at the Motel 6 in Jackson where he and his wife were staying.

The 17-year-old was expected to make a court appearance Wednesday.

Johnson, who was in Jackson to compete in the Bassmaster Central Open beginning Thursday on Ross Barnett Reservoir, was shot after he confronted someone who was burglarizing his boat, police said.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Johnson’s wife wasn’t injured in the shooting, which was reported just after 7:45 p.m. Sunday.

Johnson, of Ganado, was 11th in Central Open standings after two events.

“Jimmy was a terrific angler, as he has shown through the Bassmaster Opens,” Chris Bowes, senior tournament manager for the Bassmaster Opens.

“More than that, he was a tremendous guy. He will be deeply missed.”

Bowes said he plans to observe moments of silence during the tournament this week to remember Johnson.


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