Tragedy comes calling

Staff Writer

Grenada County was at the center of attention Sunday afternoon as state and local officers were involved in an extremely dangerous standoff on Interstate 55 near Highway 7.

At the end of the standoff, one man was dead, and a woman was rescued safely out of harm’s way.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation confirms Christopher Dulas, 38, of Hattiesburg, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound around 7:30 Sunday night.

According to several reports, Dulas was accused of kidnapping his wife Angelica near Hattiesburg last week. The two hadn’t been seen since Thursday.

The standoff began a little after one o’clock Sunday afternoon when dispatchers requested that Grenada County sheriff’s deputies check the scene of the Frog Hollow RV Park on Highway 7 North. According to the sheriff’s department, Crimestoppers learned that the vehicle and camper, which fit the description of Dulas’s vehicle, was at the site in Grenada County.

According to Investigator Josh Dale, it was then that deputies Steve Howell, Sonny Hayward and Steve Winters went to Frog Hollow.

“The camper was recognized, and the deputies managed to positively identify the man as the kidnapper,” Dale said. “Deputies were able to confront the driver and a woman inside the vehicle.”

In a statement by the Forrest County Sheriff’s Department released last week, both Dulases were reported missing from their home.
Forrest County law officials said in the statement that Christopher Dulas was “considered armed and dangerous.” The statement said he was a member of the U.S. Army and was stationed at Camp Shelby

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