A father and son were indicted by a grand jury after allegedly chasing and shooting a FedEx driver in January after he left a package in a Mississippi city.
Brandon and Gregory Case, both white, were arrested again Friday and charged with attempted first-degree murder, conspiracy and shooting Gibson’s D’Monterrio vehicle, which is black. The charges were changed from conspiracy and aggravated assault.
Gibson, 24, was not injured. But the chase and shooting sparked complaints on social media of racism in Brookhaven, about 55 miles (90 kilometers) south of the state capital, Jackson.
Gibson and his attorney, Carlos Moore, said they had been pressuring prosecutors for nearly 10 months to bring indictments.
“It’s been a very long process to get this far on this,” Gibson told WLBT-TV. “I feel like most of the time I was treated as a suspect rather than a victim.”
Moore likened the incident to the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old black man who ran empty-handed through a Georgia neighborhood in 2020 when three white strangers chased him and shot him with a shotgun.
Moore called for a federal hate crime investigation into the matter. A Department of Justice spokesman confirmed to the Associated Press in February that the department had received a request to investigate the matter and was reviewing the request to determine next steps. The department did not provide an update on Tuesday.
Gibson said he was wearing a FedEx uniform and was driving an unmarked van that FedEx had rented when he left the package at a home in Brookhaven on Jan. 24. As he was leaving, he said he noticed a white truck leaving another house on the same large lot.
He said the pickup truck driver tried to stop him as he pulled out of the driveway. Gibson swerved around him, then encountered a second man who pointed a gun at the van and gestured for it to stop. Gibson said the man fired as he drove away, damaging the van and packages inside. He said the white pickup truck chased him to the interstate near Brookhaven before ending the chase.
Attorneys for Brandon and Gregory Case did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The cases were initially arrested in February and released after paying bonds for lesser fees. According to the Brookhaven Daily Leader, Lincoln County Sheriff Steve Rushing said bail was set at $500,000 for enhanced charges.
Moore does not expect the case to go to court until May 2023 at the earliest.