During his shift, a black Federal Express driver reported that he was shot at by a white man. The 24-year-old man has provided authorities with photographs of the vehicle he was using for deliveries, which show bullet holes from the alleged shooting.
D’Monterrio Gibson was working when two white men attacked him on Monday, Jan. 24, according to the Mississippi Free Press. Gregory Case, the father, and Brandon Case, the son, were identified.
Around 7 p.m., the young man, who works for FedEx, was delivering packages in the Jackson suburb of Brookhaven, Mississippi, when a white pickup truck drove up to the residence, which was close to the drop’s designated address.
“In my mind, I’m thinking [the driver] is leaving to go to the store or something like that,” Gibson told the Free Press about the events of that night. “But then they get extremely close to me and start blowing their horn.” I walk away from the house and out of the driveway. He starts driving in the grass as I leave the driveway, attempting to cut me off.”
Gibson claims that after assessing the situation, his “instincts” kicked in and he swerved out of the way of the truck. The truck was being driven by Gregory Case.
He told the outlet, “I start hitting the gas trying to get out of the neighborhood because I don’t know what his intentions are.”
“I drive down about two or three houses,” says the driver. Another man stands in the middle of the street, pointing a gun at my windows and motioning me to come to a halt with his hands and mouthing the word ‘Stop.’ I swerve around him, hide behind the steering wheel, and shake my head no. He starts firing shots into my vehicle as I swerve around him.”
Brandon Case, 35, was the man standing in the middle of Junior Trail with the handgun, according to WLBT.
The young man talked to his manager at the FedEx office once he was able to get to the end of the street and reported the incident.
“They’re shooting at you?” he said his manager asked before telling him to “head back to the station” as soon as he was able. However, as he tried to leave the area he saw the white pickup truck that tried to corner him on the grass approaching him again.
“All I did was go as quickly as I could.” He chased me all the way to the freeway,” he said, adding that the truck stopped following him after 10 or 15 minutes on the highway.
He contacted the office again and spoke with a new manager, who informed him that the office would file a police complaint the next morning. Gibson didn’t waste any time. He was the one who reported the assault.
“I called dispatch and told him what was going on, and I only got a little bit of the story out before he cut me off and asked, ‘Were you at this address?’ “I said yes,”
The dispatcher informed the man that they had received a call reporting the presence of “a suspicious person” at the given address. “Sir, I’m not a suspicious person, I work for FedEx,” Gibson said he replied. “I was just going about my business.”
When Gibson mentioned that the men shot at him, the dispatcher allegedly replied, “Well, they didn’t tell me that.” The dispatcher wrote down his name and said he’d give it to a supervisor so he could continue to document his report.
After returning to the FedEx station, the first manager examined the van he was using during the day.
Gibson reported that he and the manager found, “There were bullet holes all in the back of the van, inside packages and everything like that.”
Carlos Moore of The Cochran Firm, the attorney now representing Gibson, showed photos to the outlets of the bullet holes in the truck, in packages, and one bullet on the floor of the vehicle.
Gibson was driving a white Hertz van at the time of the incident, despite being a FedEx uniformed delivery driver with the brand’s signature color and badge.
Gibson and one of his managers returned to Brookhaven on Tuesday, Jan. 25, to file a report with that city’s department.
“Ms. Candice Welch, indicated she was Mr. Gibson’s boos [sic], the van had at least [sic] two gunshot holes, one in the back door and one in the bumper, and three packages inside had bullet holes in them,” according to the police report. She also had a photograph of a bullet, which was still on the van.”
Gibson claims that simply filing the report put him in jeopardy. He was questioned whether he did “anything to make them believe (he) looked suspicious” by one of the three officers he spoke with.
“I felt disrespected at that moment because they couldn’t take the law into their own hands even if they wanted to.” As a result, I told him that all I did was my work. It was their fault if they thought I was suspicious. “He was like, ‘OK, I was just wondering,’” he said.
One officer returned him to the crime scene to search for evidence of the shooting, but nothing was found.
The father and son turned themselves in six days after the police report was filed.
The father was charged with conspiracy assault on Tuesday, Feb. 1, and the son was charged with one count of aggravated assault. A day later, the cases were released on $75,000 and $150,000 bonds, respectively.
“We believe those are too light charges,” Moore told WLBT. This appears to be a case of attempted murder. They had no legal justification to do what they did. We feel it was racially motivated since this individual had done nothing wrong.”
Gibson claims the two men who assaulted him are related to Brookhaven assistant police chief Chris Case, which explains why the men were permitted to surrender a week later.
Case is not involved with the inquiry, according to Brookhaven Police Chief Kenneth Collins, and was assured by the officer that he is not related to the father and son.
His lawyer stated his client intends to contact the FBI and the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations to initiate an official investigation and seek the US Department of Justice to “prosecute this as a hate crime.”
Moore compared his client’s ordeal to that of Ahmaud Arbery, a Black man who was chased down and killed by three white men in south Georgia in 2020.
“That’s really unfortunate that it occurs.” It appears to be a copycat duo based on the Ahmaud Arbery case, according to Moore.
“When they realized he was a Black man, they just hauled him away and shot at him multiple times, at least the younger son did.” The older gentleman attempted to entrap him. They were putting in a concerted effort to capture and kill this man. They shot at him several times, after all. It’s incredible that he made it.”
The local NAACP planned a news conference to address the Gibson attack on Saturday, Feb. 5, according to Free Press reporter Ashton Pittman on Twitter. He claims that the local police “deployed more than a dozen cops in gear to block off the area, anticipating a protest.” The press conference has been postponed.
“Lincoln County NAACP President Rico Cain says the press conference was canceled today out of respect for the family and because Black folks in Brookhaven don’t feel secure coming here to speak out about the racism they’ve experienced amid such a big police presence.
In July 2021, Gibson began working for FedEx amid the pandemic. FedEx did not adjust his delivery route despite the terrible incident. Gibson has not returned to work and is on unpaid leave, claiming he is “uncomfortable” and “anxious” about continuing the job.
He’s waiting for the delivery service to provide him with another route.