The Pike County MS Sheriff's Office reports that on Monday (September 25, 2023), Thomas “Tommy” Brister of Summit called Central Dispatch stating that someone had taken firearms out of residence. Brister showed Deputies a gun safe in the residence that contained other firearms.
A criminal history search showed that Brister was a convicted felon and was prohibited from possessing any type of firearm. PCSO Criminal Investigations Division was notified, and a search warrant was executed at the residence. Brister was arrested and booked into the Pike County Jail for Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon (17 counts). No bond has been set at this time.
Brister had been previously convicted of Simple Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer (2 counts) but petitioned the court to have his gun rights restored and they were restored in 2010. On May 17, 2012, Brister was convicted and sentenced for Failure to Support Minor Children and lost his firearm rights again.
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