Press Releases


Shooting Takes Life of Local Man

Dereon P. Romero

On Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at approximately 12:22 a.m., Tunica County Sheriff Deputies were dispatched to Bankston Arms Apartment in reference to shots being fired.  Upon arrival, deputies observed a male subject lying on the ground, whom was later identified as Dereon P. Romero, 26, of 1390 Bankston Road, Apt. #6 in Tunica.  Dereon P. Romero was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Tunica County Sheriff’s Office is investigating this shooting, but no arrest has been made at this time.

If anyone has any information in reference to this incident, we urge you to call Tunica County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division at (662) 363-1411 or Tunica Crime Stoppers at (662) 910-0400.  All calls to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and information leading to an arrest can pay up to $1,000.

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Subject Wanted for Impersonating Officer

The Tunica County Sheriff’s Office needs help in identifying this person, who is impersonating a law enforcement official in the Tunica Resorts area.  The Tunica County Sheriff’s Office received notification from one of the local casinos that a guest had come in contact with a black female posing as an undercover agent.  The victim was asked for an undetermined amount of money or would be transported to jail, if the request was denied.  The subject left the resorts area with the money from the victim.

If you know the identity of this person of interest, please contact the Tunica Crime Stoppers at (662) 910-0400.  Information leading to an arrest can pay up to $1,000 cash reward.


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Shooting at Local Apartment Complex; 3 People Injured

The Tunica County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating two shootings that occurred overnight in the Kirby Estates Apartment complex.  It has not been determined if the incidents are related. 

On Wednesday, May 31, 2017 about 10:27 p.m., Sheriff Deputies were dispatched to 2466 Kirby Road in reference to a shooting that lead to two people being injured and in need of medical assistance.  Both victims were transported to Regional One Medical Center in Memphis, Tennessee. 

At 2:39 a.m. on June 1, 2017, Sheriff Deputies were dispatched to a second shooting call at Kirby Estates Apartments. The victim was also transported to Regional One Medical Center.

At this time, a person of interest is being held for questioning.  More information will be released as it becomes available. 

Phone Lines Down


11:32 a.m.

The phone lines at the Tunica County Sheriff's Office are back up and operating.



The Administrative Line (662-363-1411) at the Tunica County Sheriff’s Office is temporarily down.  For non-emergency calls, please call (662-363-2175). All emergencies, dial 911!!!

Crews are currently working to get the phone line up and operating.

We will continue to send updates throughout the day.

One Person Dead; Person of Interest in Custody

Joseph Bland

 Update 2:10 p.m.

The person of interest in the early morning shooting of Olletta F. Jones has been identified as Joseph Bland, 33, of Robinsonville, MS.

Bland has been charged with murder and his bond has been set $1,000,000.00.

This investigation into this incident is ongoing.



     Oletta F. Jones

10:00 a.m.

At approximately 5:14 a.m. on Thursday, February 23, 2017, the Tunica County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call reporting shots fired in the area of 4920 Casino Strip Blvd in the Tunica Resorts area. Officers arrived on the scene and observed a vehicle parked in the roadway and a subject lying outside the vehicle. 

The investigation revealed that a subject had been shot and was later pronounced dead on the scene by the Deputy Coroner of Tunica County.  The victim was identified as Olletta F. Jones, 45, of Newton, Mississippi.

The Tunica County Sheriff’s Office has requested the assistance of the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation to assist in the investigation.  At this time, a person of interest is in custody.

Traffic was detoured from Casino Way & Fitzgerald Boulevard for approximately five hours.  Traffic is now back open.

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Office Closing


The Administrative Offices of the Tunica County Sheriff's Office will be closed on Monday, January 2, 2017 in observance of the New Year Holiday.

All offices will reopen on Tuesday, January 3, 2017.



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Holiday Blitz


The Tunica County Sheriff’s Office will be out in full force for the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over blitz.  Various checkpoints and saturations will be set up to detain those who choose to drink and drive and hopefully deter others from drinking and driving.

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over is a public safety campaign initiative involving state, city and county law enforcement officers across the United States.  

During holiday seasons, there’s an increased number of drivers on the road, and being safe, by all means, is always of the utmost importance.  As always, you should wear your seatbelt, utilize child restraints and obey all traffic laws.  Together, we can make this community safe for traveling.  Tunica County Sheriff’s Office urges citizens to use these tips to plan safe travel:

Designate a non-drinking driver to make sure you and everyone with you arrive home safely. Don’t get in a car with someone who has been drinking. Obey all traffic laws to ensure safety to and from your destination. Do not provide or purchase alcohol to anyone underage

Sheriff KC Hamp encourages everyone to enjoy this holiday period.  Please remember that the law requires you to be 21 years of age to consume alcoholic beverages. Be safe and Happy New Year.

Happy Thanksgiving from theTunica County Sheriff's Office

The Administrative Offices at the Tunica County Sheriff's Office will be closed on Thursday, November 24 & Friday, November 25th in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday.

All offices will reopen on Monday, November 28th.


National Take Back Initiative

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Combating Prescription Drug Abuse

Many of us may not even be aware that the Mississippi Legislature recognized September as “Pain Awareness Month in Mississippi”. This resolution is to encourage all citizens of Mississippi to become more informed and aware of the impacts of chronic pain and to support organizations in their search for adequate pain care for Mississippians.

Chronic pain is a major public health problem and hidden driver of rising health care cost.  There is a rising problem with many people abusing “pain killers”, which can lead to an overdosing.  Each year, Mississippi averages about 150 deaths from people from drug overdoses.  Patients are

given abuse-deterrent opioids, which enable them to receive their medication while preventing the medicine from being manipulated and abused, but once tampered with the release of the drug is accelerated. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), prescription opioids such as oxycodone and hydrocodone are involved in more overdose deaths than any other drug – including another major opiate:  heroin.  CDC research finds that people who have abused opiate pain killers are 40 times likely to abuse heroin.  In recent years, the number of heroin-related deaths has spiked in Mississippi and many of the deaths can be traced to this narcotic being trafficked into the Mississippi Delta from Chicago.  There were several arrests last year from the trafficking of heroin.

Law enforcement personnel, along with local and national officials, and advocacy groups agree that abuse-deterrent formulations have the potential to create a strong barrier to prevent abuse.  To continue to combat drug/prescription abuse, there are many projects underway to deter and prevent medication from falling into the wrong hands.  The Electronic Prescription Monitoring Program was put in place to keep a track of prescription being filled by patients and eliminate them from seeing multiple doctors obtaining prescriptions for illegal use.  Also, there is the “National Take Back Initiative” which is conducted the DEA, along with local law enforcement agencies, to turn in prescriptions that are no longer being used.        

While the month of September has past, the fight will continue in decreasing the epidemic of prescription drug abuse.


K.C. Hamp, Sr. ~ Sheriff



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