Reward increased for information regarding location of Adrian Golden

A reward for information on the whereabouts of Adrian Leon Golden, of Pontotoc, the man wanted for the shooting of his wife near Joe’s Market in Bruce last week, has been increased to $2,000.

Adrian Leon Golden

Adrian Leon Golden

Authorities have pursued numerous leads over the past week, the latest was a possible spotting of Golden Tuesday morning by Pontotoc Police.
A man matching Golden’s description, 6’, 180 pounds, jumped out of a Crown Victoria, with a Calhoun County tag, and when spotted by police, he ran into some woods.
Authorities confirmed a few hours later the man running was a cousin of Golden’s who was in violation of his probation. That search was immediately called off to maintain emphasis on finding Golden.

“We’re following every lead, doing everything possible to find him,” said Bruce Chief of Police Stan Evans. “We will get him.”
Golden and his wife Kimberly Sisk, 31, were reportedly involved in a domestic incident the night of May 31 that resulted in Pontotoc deputies coming to their home on Palestine Road between Randolph and Pontotoc, but

Bruce policeman Bryan Roberts and Calhoun Deputy Kenneth White come out of the woods after one of the many searches.

Bruce policeman Bryan Roberts and Calhoun Deputy Kenneth White come out of the woods after one of the many searches.

Golden was not there. Sisk took out papers on him for abuse Thursday morning, but when she returned home he had kicked in the back door and was there waiting for her. He may face kidnapping charges in Pontotoc County as a result.

The shooting occurred on Thursday, June 1 on Hwy. 32 near the intersection of McSweyne Street in Bruce around 11 a.m. Evans said it is still unknown why they were passing through Bruce.
Golden was driving west when Sisk jumped out of the car as he slowed down just past Joe’s Market, Evans said.
Golden shot at Sisk, hitting her in the back. The shot came out of her chest. Bruce Police later found the bullet at the intersection. Sisk ran to a passing vehicle yelling for help.
“She shouted ‘he’s going to kill me,’ but it was a juvenile in the car, and he was naturally scared and kept going,” Evans said. “She left blood on the side of the vehicle.”

Golden made a U-turn in the highway and came back toward Joe’s Market attempting to run over Sisk. He missed and crashed in the roadside ditch, breaking the front axle on his vehicle.
Sisk fell on the side of the road avoiding the vehicle and Golden jumped out, Evans said, ran up to her and shot her in the head at close range in front of several witnesses.

Phillip Brackett watches an open field on the edge of the woods as teams of officers search the area for Adrian Golden, the man wanted for the shooting of Kimberly Sisk last Thursday.

Phillip Brackett watches an open field on the edge of the woods as teams of officers search the area for Adrian Golden, the man wanted for the shooting of Kimberly Sisk last Thursday.

Many of them came to the aid of Sisk on the roadside until Bruce EMRs and later paramedics arrived. She was transported by ambulance to the Bruce football field parking lot from where she was airlifted to North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She is still listed in critical, but stable condition after numerous surgeries.

“They are trying to wean her off all the sedation,” Evans said. “We’re certainly all praying for her recovery.”
Evans said immediately after shooting Sisk the second time, Golden “pulled a hoodie over his head and took off running behind the houses.”
Once securing the crime scene, officers raced south to try and catch Golden, following the directions of witnesses who saw him running.  Witnesses said he was still carrying the gun. Several reported seeing him headed south with one watching him enter the woods between New Hope Church and Bruce Sweet Potato.

Bruce’s K9 officer “Ero” picked up the trail there that led officers into the wooded area across Jimmy Beckley.
For the next several days, exhaustive searches were conducted in the thick woods of South

Bruce EMRs assist the Air Evac team load Kimberly Sisk into the helicopter to be airlifted to North Mississippi Regional Center.

Bruce EMRs assist the Air Evac team load Kimberly Sisk into the helicopter to be airlifted to North Mississippi Regional Center.

Bruce along the Skuna Canal. Joining Bruce Police and the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Department were Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, Mississippi Department of Corrections, Coffeeville Police, Mississippi Highway Patrol, Mississippi Department of Wildlife and more.
“We’re very grateful for all the cooperation of all the law enforcement agencies,” Sheriff Greg Pollan said. “We will continue to work together tirelessly until this man is in custody.”

Officers last spotted Golden in the woods south of Bruce mid afternoon last Thursday. Bruce officer Corey Alexander said they saw Golden pop out of some brush for a brief second wearing blue shorts and a white shirt, but distance was too great for them to catch up through the thick brush.

Sheriff Greg Pollan patrols the edge of a large ditch as searchers with dogs walk through the interior of the woods.

Sheriff Greg Pollan patrols the edge of a large ditch as searchers with dogs walk through the interior of the woods.

Numerous sets of tracks were found the first two days of searching, but none leaving the woods.
The search continued around the clock with officers combing the woods while others surrounded the perimeter well into the night over two days, in steady rain.

Authorities tried numerous agencies with helicopters and infra-red cameras trying to get them to fly over the area, but none could get permission to fly due to the lingering thunderstorms the past week.
Sheriff Pollan flew his drone over the woods, but said the brush was too thick to see anything at ground level.

Calhoun Deputy Jimmy Wiygul visits with Bruce Chief Stan Evans as the search continues inside the woods in south Bruce.

Calhoun Deputy Jimmy Wiygul visits with Bruce Chief Stan Evans as the search continues inside the woods in south Bruce.

Numerous leads have been reported and officers from the various agencies have investigated them all throughout the region.
“Our main objective is to make certain he doesn’t hurt any of our citizens here,” Evans said. “We will get him eventually, but we are going to exhaust all means to protect the people here.”

“We don’t believe he’s still in the Bruce area,” Evans said. “We still encourage everyone to be aware of their surroundings and report anything suspicious to the police.”