Community backs man shot in chase

By REGGIE ROSS
Staff Writer

More than 60 people attended a community meeting showing their support for a man who was shot by Webster County deputies in east Grenada County.
Tuesday night, residents of the Pleasant Grove Community met at the Hankins/Willis Community Center in support of Robert Salley, who was treated for gunshot wounds following a pursuit that began in Webster County on March 3.
District Three County Supervisor Columbus Hankins moderated the meeting, calling it a “meeting for justice.”
“We are here because one of our children, one of our brothers was shot in the back,” Hankins said. “Deputies from another county did this, and they have to be held accountable.”
Grenada Attorney Carlos Moore, who was not in attendance at the community meeting, said he is representing Salley.
According to details first given by Grenada County Sheriff Alton Strider, the incident started at a roadblock in Webster County.
Strider said his department was told that a vehicle turned around at the roadblock, and a chase ensued involving two Webster County deputies.
According to Strider, the case continued into Grenada County and ended on Millhouse Road near Highway 8. Strider said it was there that Salley was shot. Salley ran to his mother’s home in the Pleasant Grove Community and was later arrested, Strider said.
District Attorney Doug Evans said charges on Salley have been remanded in both Grenada and Webster counties as his department looks close into the case.
“We remanded the charges, because we wanted a thorough investigation,” Evans said. “We want to look closely at both parties involved, that way we can be as fair as possible. We’re looking at the whole case.”

Robert Salley (left), with his son Mason, and District Three County Supervisor Columbus Hankins, got support from members of his community this week after being shot in an incident involving Webster County sheriff’s deputies