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UPDATE: Meridian shooter arrested and back in State

MERIDIAN, MISS- Police confirm they have arrested Tirale Reed of Meridian for the murder of Chris Smith.

Reed was arrested in Marietta Georgia on Wednesday evening. He was then transported back to Mississippi. He is scheduled to face a judge in Lauderdale County on Thursday.

Police are hopeful that now he is in custody they will be able to learn more details as to what happened that evening at Frank Berry Courts.

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Meridian police have confirmed that a warrant was issued for Tirale Reed of Meridian for the shooting death of former Mississippi State football player Chris Smith.

26-year-old Chris Smith, a former wide receiver, was shot at Frank Berry Courts on 8th St. Friday night.

Smith played for MSU from 2009-2012. He also played for Meridian High School.

Reed is considered armed and dangerous. Meridian police have said that anyone hiding Reed will be charged. If Reed is spotted, do not attempt to speak with him, call the police.

A spokesperson for Meridian Police released the following description of Reed to News Mississippi:

“He’s about 5’5″, dark skinned,” said the officer. “He weighs about 156 pounds, and he has tattoos on both of his arms.”

Smith’s former Coach Dan Mullen released this statement:

“We are shocked and saddened by the tragic passing of Chris. Our entire Mississippi State family mourns his loss. Chris was an important part of our first recruiting class and helped set the foundation for our success. He was a terrific teammate and his work ethic was impeccable. He earned his way onto the field as a true freshmen in 2009 and later received his degree from Mississippi State. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of his family and friends.”

Smith played a total of 48 games during his time at MSU. He was recorded to have had 109 catches for 1,180 yards and five touchdowns. His 109 receptions rank 10th in MSU career history.

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