A federal grand jury has returned a first degree murder indictment against Roland Mitchell Dampeer in the shooting death of Sherry Ingold, a rural postal delivery worker delivering mail along Highway 35 in Hesterville on Jan. 16, 2020. He also faces a charge for discharging a firearm — a 9mm Ruger LCR pistol.
Ingold succumbed to her injuries at the University of Mississippi Medical Center several weeks after the incident.
Dampeer is also accused of attempting to kidnap Andrea Goss of Carmack from inside the Sunflower supermarket on Highway 12 a short while before shooting Ingold. According to local law enforcement officials, they expect to seek an indictment against Dampeer in that case from the Attala County grand jury which was seated on Monday of this week.
Dampeer was shot in the leg after attempting to flee law enforcement.
“A short time after Dampeer left the scene of the shooting, he was observed by Attala County Sheriff's deputies and Mississippi Highway Patrol State troopers as Dampeer was traveling along Highway 35 in a silver four-door vehicle with tinted windows and a tinted license plate cover, matching the description given by the aforesaid witnesses. Law enforcement initiated a felony vehicle stop on Dampeer's vehicle. Dampeer stopped his vehicle and law enforcement attempted to handcuff Dampeer. Dampeer physically assaulted the arresting officer and fled the scene. As he was fleeing the scene, he was shot by a law enforcement officer and taken into custody,” according to court documents.
Dampeer, 28, a native of Mendenhall, and current resident of Michigan City, Indiana, was reportedly employed as a correctional officer in Indiana, at least during 2018.
The Star-Herald has not yet been able to confirm the next steps in the case.