Fatal Shooting at Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Plant in Mississippi

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February 23, 2023

Arrest Made in Connection to Yokohama Tire Plant Shooting in Clay County

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed the arrest of Willie Swain Jr., aged 41, in connection to the fatal shooting at Yokohama Tire plant located in Clay County. The incident resulted in the death of Javerest Gray, aged 28, from Starkville.

The arrest of the suspect was made early Thursday afternoon (local time).


According to Clay County Sheriff Eddie Scott, a dispute between two coworkers at the Yokohama Tire Manufacturing plant on Wednesday morning turned into a fatal act of violence. The incident involved Willie Swain Jr., aged 41, and Javarest Gray, aged 28, who started arguing in the parking lot of the Yokohama campus. Unfortunately, Swain allegedly shot Gray just after 7 a.m. and fled the area.

Following the 911 call, authorities arrived at the scene within ten minutes, and a deputy performed CPR on Gray while waiting for the ambulance. However, Gray was taken to North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point, where he was later pronounced dead at around 8:30 a.m.

As of tonight, police are still searching for Willie Swain Jr. The altercation is believed to have begun inside the factory and escalated outside, leading to gunfire. The Sheriff's department is relying on all available resources to gather information and uncover the motive behind the attack.

Local reporters interviewed an employee at the plant who stated that the altercation began inside the factory and escalated outside, leading to gunfire. Yokohama has been cooperating with the authorities.

Multiple agencies, as well as state and local surrounding counties, are assisting with the investigation.

Sheriff Eddie Scott stated, "We got a lot of long ways to go..." as the investigation continues.

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