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Police say firefighter playing cop was a factor in deadly crash

Mississippi volunteer charged after trying to pull over vehicle

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A volunteer firefighter in Mississippi is charged with culpable manslaughter and aggravated assault following the fiery and deadly crash of a woman’s vehicle last Friday in Vicksburg. According to police, Marguis Holmes had the red lights on his personal vehicle operating and was chasing after the woman when her car crashed into a tree, killing a passenger. Police say the firefighter, a member of the Fisher Ferry Volunteer Fire Department, stopped at the crash scene to help remove the women from the car.

Harold Gater, Mississippi Clarion Ledger:

Marniqua Stamps, 20, died in a fiery single-vehicle wreck Friday on Fisher Ferry Road. Christina Howard, 23, who was also in the vehicle, remained hospitalized Tuesday.

Vicksburg Police Chief Milton Moore told WLBT-TV that Holmes was driving behind the victims’ vehicle with his emergency lights on in an attempt to pull their vehicle over. Police believe this was a factor in the crash.

WLBT-TV reported that Holmes told police that he didn’t know the women and it is not clear why he was trying to pull them over. Holmes is a member of the Fisher Ferry Volunteer Fire Department.

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Ben Sigler, The Vicksburg Post:

It was later discovered that a black Chevrolet Tahoe was following the vehicle at a high rate of speed. Police identified the driver of the Tahoe as Holmes, a volunteer firefighter for Fisher Ferry Volunteer Fire Department. Police were told Holmes used his emergency lights in an attempt to stop the Altima, which later crashed.

Vicksburg police Lt. Johnnie Edwards said Holmes stayed at the scene and helped get Stamps and Howard, 23, out of the car. Howard remains hospitalized.

Holmes was arrested Jan. 19 about 5:30 p.m. at the Vicksburg Police Department.

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David Kenney, WLGT-TV:

Police say Holmes was illegally chasing a red Nissan Altima down the road with his red strobe lights on.

Police added that his actions caused the driver of the car to panic, which led to the car leaving the roadway and crashing into a tree.

Vicksburg Police Chief Milton Moore said, “According to Marquise’s statement, this vehicle was driving pretty fast and he was making an attempt to get the vehicle to slow down, which is not his place.”

Surveillance video shows the volunteer firefighter turning around in a parking lot, with his lights on, to pursue the vehicle.

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