A Byhalia, Miss. man is dead after a domestic disturbance with his ex-girlfriend, the Tipton County Sheriff’s Office said Sunday afternoon.

Just after midnight deputies were dispatched to Mason-Malone Road after a suspicious vehicle was reported. The call was upgraded to a shooting before deputies arrived.

They found John Walter Smith Jr.,34,  had been shot. He was later pronounced dead at the scene.


Two hours prior Smith showed up at the workplace of his ex-girlfriend, 35-year-old Amanda Robison Stone, in Memphis. He reportedly instigated a disturbance, and was armed, but a coworker intervened. Memphis Police are investigating that incident.

Smith later showed up armed at Stone’s Mason-Malone home, and after what TCSO calls “some level of confrontation,” was shot by Stone.

An autopsy will be performed.

“This remains a very active and ongoing investigation,” said sheriff Pancho Chumley. “ if anyone has information in this case, please call the Criminal Investigations Division at 901-475-3300, Central Dispatch after hours at 901-475-4300, phone in tips at 901-475-3307, email tips to sheriff@tiptonco.com or Facebook Sheriff J.T. Pancho Chumley. Anonymous tips may be submitted to the Tipton County tip411 app or by texting “Tipton” to 847411.”

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