Officials make arrest in fatal hit-and-run of Choctaw County man


Alabama State Troopers have made an arrest in the death of 68-year-old Robert Ellis Thompson of Choctaw County.

According to officials, on Friday, December 22, Thompson was critically injured when he was struck by a vehicle on Choctaw County 33, approximately two miles north of Pennington.

They say the vehicle fled the scene and alcohol was believed to have been involved.

Authorities have arrested 57-year-old Jimmy James Gipp, Jr. of Ward. Gipp has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death or injury.

The arrest was the result of an investigation by Alabama State Troopers, along with the Choctaw County Sheriff’s Office, that took place between December 22 and December 27. No other information is being released at this time as Alabama State Troopers continue to investigate.

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