On Sunday, August 15, Starkville Police Department (SPD) responded to a shooting at 9:48 p.m. at the Sandhill Arms apartments. Upon arrival, SPD found two gunshot victims at 135 Sand Road. 

One victim was transported for medical treatment and is still under care. However, one victim was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Zavier Armstead, a 20-year-old Starkville native, succumbed to his wounds Sunday night as both SPD officers and EMTs worked on scene. 

On Monday night, Benjamin Brownlee, Jr. (20) was charged with one count of capital murder and one count of attempted murder.

If you have any information regarding this incident, please contact SPD at at 662-323-4131, Crime Stoppers at 800-530-7151, or the anonymous tip system on the website. Crime Stoppers may offer a cash reward.

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