By Jeremy Pittari, Item Staff Writer
The Picayune Item
A call reporting a man had been shot multiple times resulted in Picayune Police officers who raced to the scene discovering the victim apparently was packaging up several pounds of marijuana for resale at about the time the shooting took place.
Just before 10 p.m. Monday, emergency responders were called out to the home of 41-year-old Lloyd Dantzler, 1301 Jackson Landing Rd., who had been shot by an unknown assailant, said Assistant to the Chief of Police Jeremy Magri.
Officers arrived to find Dantzler in his yard suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to his left arm and leg, Magri said.
Investigation into the shooting led officers to discover and follow a blood trail that went from the front yard of the home, through the home to the back yard where a recreational room was set up, Magri said. In the recreational room officers found several pounds of marijuana, Magri said. Dantzler apparently was breaking down and repackaging the drug for resale, Magri said. Along with the marijuana, officers found a large digital scale and plastic bags, Magri said. Officers also found a large amount of cash strewn across the back yard, Magri said.
Due to the way the blood trail tracked, officers suspect Dantzler was shot in the recreational room, or in the back yard, before making his way through the home to the front yard, Magri said.
Magri estimates the total amount of marijuana recovered to be approximately 75 pounds.
Officers spoke with Dantzler’s wife, 43-year-old Sonya Dantzler, who said she heard gunshots then found her husband had been shot multiple times, Magri said. Sonya Dantzler then called 911, Magri said.
Magri said Lloyd Dantzler was taken to Forrest General Hospital for treatment of his wounds where officers will speak with him about the contraband found on scene. Magri said a warrant has been issued for Lloyd Dantzler for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, which will be served after he has received medical treatment. While the incident is under investigation, so far it appears the shooting could have been the result of a bad drug deal or an attempted robbery, Magri said.
He said investigators located a gun belonging to Lloyd Dantzler in a laundry basket in the home, but that weapon is not believed to have been used to shoot Lloyd Dantzler.
Sonya Dantzler also has been charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, Magri said.
According to public arrest reports, Sonya Dantzler listed her place of employment as U.S. Customs and Border Patrol.
A number of vehicles belonging to the couple have been seized as a result of the arrests, Magri said.
Magri said the investigation is continuing in an effort identify and arrest the suspect or suspects involved in the shooting. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Picayune Police Department at 601-798-7411.