Hammond man charged in road rage shooting death
A Hammond man has been arrested in a case stemming from a road-rage incident on Memorial Day weekend.
Janvique Entrall Franklin, Jr., was arrested Friday, July 17, after a more than month-long appeal by Mississippi authorities for information on a deadly I-10 crash that happened May 25. Police say Franklin has admitted to the shooting, and they have charged him with homicide without malice in the heat of passion.
Police say Brandon Box, 30, of Gulfport, was shot and killed while driving westbound on I-10 in Mississippi. WLOX-TV reported Monday that authorities say the incident began when a “firecracker was thrown from the suspect’s car and landed in the bed of the truck at the foot of the Pascagoula bridge near the rest area.” The two drivers allegedly “engaged in aggressive driving for nearly 20 miles before the road rage culminated with Brandon Box being shot near mile marker 51,” the Biloxi TV station reported online.
The investigation was led by Mississippi Bureau of Police and included pleas from the Gulf Coast-based Crime Stoppers organization. Those pleas included a request to media in south Louisiana last week to share the story, as surveillance footage showed the suspect vehicle may have had Louisiana plates. Within days, authorities were able to gather tips leading to Friday’s arrest.
Authorities in Mississippi on Monday offered their thanks to the Hammond Police Department for their assistance in making the arrest. They called the investigation a true “partnership” among local law enforcement agencies across a wide area and offered both their thanks and their sympathies to the Box family. Authorities said they hope the family can gain a sense of closure now that the case appears to be solved.