Today’s feel good story. Thankfully, the only one dead was the bad guy.

Miss. homeowner kills escaped murder suspect after week-long manhunt
Published March 10, 2016
A capital murder suspect who busted out of a jail in Mississippi last week tied up a family at a home in Vicksburg Thursday morning before one of the homeowners broke loose and killed the intruder, investigators revealed.

Police said the unnamed homeowner shot Rafael McCloud in the head. The entire encounter lasted roughly three hours.

McCloud fought with the husband and wife, stabbing the man in the shoulder, Vicksburg Police Chief Walter Armstrong said. The wife also had injuries, but not enough to go to the hospital. The toddler was not hurt.

At some point after being tied up, one of the couple managed to get a gun they had at the home and shot McCloud, the chief said. He did specify exactly who got free and how they did so.
Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace confirmed McCloud was the intruder. Police were called around 7 a.m. to the house in northern Vicksburg, where the homeowner told police he had been attacked by the man who broke into his garage around 4 a.m.

Police did not know of any connection between McCloud and the family, who lived on a street of small homes that runs along a ridge north of downtown Vicksburg.

Investigators found McCloud’s body in a bathtub, according to The Vicksburg Post. His death ends the manhunt that started when the 34-year-old escaped the Warren County jail March 2.

McCloud used a homemade shank to get the jump on a jail officer, Pace said. McCloud forced the officer to give up his keys, radio, pants and jacket, and went out a door to escape. The century-old jail in downtown Vicksburg has no perimeter fence.

Officials combed the town on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River for days, interviewing family members and friends of McCloud and poking through abandoned buildings. Schools bolstered security, and Vicksburg police warned people to bring in guns from vehicles and make sure their houses hadn’t been forcibly entered.

McCloud was indicted on murder and rape charges in the January 2015 death of Sharen Wilson. He had been held in the jail since his June 29 arrest, and has prior felony convictions for auto burglary, grand larceny and armed robbery.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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