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Fatal shooting outside Mississippi courthouse

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CANTON, Miss. (AP) -- The latest on a fatal shooting outside a Mississippi courthouse (all times local):
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10:35 a.m.
   
A law enforcement official says a man fatally shot a defendant waiting outside a Mississippi courthouse Monday morning.
   
Madison County sheriff Randy Tucker says a suspect has been arrested and is in custody in the Madison County jail.
   
Tucker declined to identify the man arrested or the man shot.
   
The shooting happened in a small courtyard outside Madison County's criminal courthouse in Canton.
   
Tucker says the suspect fired one shot with a semiautomatic handgun, and the defendant was shot once in the chest and died at the scene.
   
Tucker and Madison County District Attorney Michael Guest say they do not know what the motive for the shooting was.
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10:30 a.m.
   
There is a heavy police presence at a county courthouse in Mississippi where there have been several unconfirmed reports of a fatal shooting.
   
Officers at the scene refused to comment on the situation Monday. Fifteen police vehicles are on the scene at the red-brick criminal courthouse for Madison County in Canton. Some officers are using metal detectors outside, sifting through pine needles. The courthouse is a couple of blocks north of Canton's main square and historical district.
   
Officials scheduled a news conference for 11 a.m. CDT.
   
Canton is a city of 13,000 about 25 miles north of Jackson.

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