Bay St. Louis police officers and Hancock County Coroner Jim Faulk at the scene of a shooting death at Washington Street on Tuesday morning.

The Bay St. Louis Police Department is investigating a shooting death that apparently occurred early Tuesday morning across the street from Martin Luther King Park.

"On Nov.3, at approximately 7:25 a.m., the Bay St. Louis Police Department responded to a report of a deceased female located on the 500 block of Washington Street,” according to a press release issued Tuesday by Bay St. Louis Police Chief Gary Ponthieux Jr. "A single victim, identified as 37-year-old Misty Cato of Bay St. Louis, suffered a fatal gunshot wound. The death is being investigated as a homicide."

Ponthieux said the investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information can contact the Bay St. Louis Police Department at (228) 467-9222. You can also contact Crimestoppers at (877) 787-5898 or submit a tip via the web at

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