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Mother's Day triple homicide: Suspect killed in shootout with Arizona troopers

A tragic incident took place on Mother's Day in Mississippi, leaving a woman and her two daughters dead. The suspect, later identified as Ivory James Welch III, was also found dead hundreds of miles away in Arizona after a shootout with state troopers. Welch was the prime suspect in the murders of his mother, Ida Thomas Welch, 76, and his sisters, Vicky Renee Welch, 56, and Crystal Lynn Welch, 42.

The Ridgeland Police Department received a call about a triple homicide Sunday afternoon at a residence on Old Canton Road in Ridgeland. The shocking event has left a lasting impact on the family, the officers involved in the investigation and the Arizona law enforcement community.

After the incident, an arrest warrant was issued for Welch and the US Marshals Task Force began searching for him. He was eventually located by Arizona Department of Public Safety troopers between Morenci and Clifton. Deputies from the Greenlee County Sheriff's Office and the Clifton Police Department assisted in the pursuit.

Upon locating Welch, a shootout ensued. Arizona state troopers attempted to arrest Welch, who fired at the troopers and was fatally wounded in the exchange of gunfire.

The ACLU of Mississippi released a statement in memory of Crystal Welch, who had served as Board Chair since 2023. Executive Director Jarvis Dortch expressed shock and sadness at the news, praising the commitment of Crystal with equality and justice, and her contagious spirit and enthusiasm.

The motive for the fatal shooting remains unclear. Authorities speculate that Welch may have been upset about a funeral and his birthday, which was on Friday. The investigation continues, serving as a stark reminder of the importance of teamwork in law enforcement and the speedy justice it can bring to grieving families.

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