22-year-old killed in shooting at Oakwood Apartments in Calhoun City

By JOEL McNEECE
A funeral service will be held Sunday, Feb. 27 at 1 p.m. in the Calhoun City High School gym for 22-year-old Malcolm Belim, who was shot and killed in an altercation at Oakwood Apartments last Friday.


By JOEL McNEECE
A funeral service will be held Sunday, Feb. 27 at 1 p.m. in the Calhoun City High School gym for 22-year-old Malcolm Belim, who was shot and killed in an altercation at Oakwood Apartments last Friday.
Melvin “Pete Bean” Bailey, 35, a native of Bruce, is charged with manslaughter in the case. He remains in the Calhoun County Jail with bond set at $100,000.
Calhoun City Asst. Police Chief Greg Pollan said ‘City officers Tito Lopez and Keith Thacker responded to the 9 p.m. call regarding a “shooting in the parking lot” at Oakwood in south Calhoun City.
Belim, a former standout quarterback at Calhoun City and Northwest Community College and member of the Mississippi National Guard, was lying in the parking lot when the officers arrived with a gunshot through his forearm and in the center of his chest.
Pollan said Bailey walked up to Thacker and told him he was the shooter.
Pollan and ‘City Police Chief Benny Langford were then called to the scene as Belim was loaded in an ambulance and carried to Calhoun Health Services. He was airlifted from there to North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, but died in flight.
Pollan said as part of their investigation they interviewed one eye-witness and another that saw “part of the altercation.”
Pollan said it all started with a domestic dispute between Belim and his girlfriend, Ebony Pittman.
“It started as a verbal altercation that escalated into a physical altercation between them,” Pollan said.
Bailey came to the scene after receiving a phone call to come check on Pittman. When he pulled up, Belim came out and they began arguing. That escalated into a fight and ultimately a shooting, Pollan said.
Pollan said there were reportedly two shots fired. Belim had an entry and exit wound in his forearm and an entry wound into the center of his chest. Pollan said a single shot may have caused both of those.
The gun, a .38 Special, was confiscated.
Pollan said the investigation is ongoing. The Calhoun County Sheriff’s Department and Derma Police also responded and assisted with the investigation.

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