JACKSON, Mississippi — A man who escaped from a Mississippi jail along with three other inmates is suspected of killing a pastor who tried to help him after he crashed a motorcycle in Jackson, authorities said Tuesday.

Anthony Watts, 61, was shot and killed Monday night around 7:00 p.m. on Interstate 55 after stopping to help a man who had crashed a motorcycle. Police say the man shot Watts multiple times and then stole his Red Dodge Ram. Watts died at the scene.

«Based on information gathered from investigators, the suspect…fits the description of 22-year-old Dylan Arrington,» Jackson Police Chief James E. Davis said.

Escaped Mississippi inmate suspected of killing pastor after prison break, manhunt underway
Dylan Arrington, a suspect in the murder and carjacking of Anthony Watts, 61, in Jackson, Miss. access point

Watts was the senior pastor of St. Mary’s Missionary Baptist Church in D’Lo, Mississippi, the Rev. Carl Burton, the church’s assistant pastor, told the NBC affiliate. wlbt Jackson on Tuesday.

«He was a good man, willing to do anything for anyone. And he showed it every day of his life,» Burton told the news station.

Arrington is one of four prisoners, along with Casey Grayson, Corey Harrison and Jerry Raynes, who escaped Saturday night from the Raymond Detention Center, a facility near Jackson, through breaches in a cell and the ceiling. Hinds County Sheriff Tyree Jones said the men may have camped on the roof before fleeing the facility and going their separate ways.

All four were in custody for various felonies, most related to robbery. Arrington was charged with carjacking and illegal possession of a firearm, ABC affiliate WAPT de Jackson reported.

Watts’ stolen red Dodge Ram, which has tan trim and Cowboys decals on the front and rear, was last seen southbound on I-55 in Terry, Mississippi, police said.

Jones said one of the prisoners stole a Hinds County Public Works vehicle that was later recovered in a Houston suburb. Investigators also believe a stolen Chevy Silverado is related to the leak. None of the men had been captured as of Tuesday afternoon.

In July, a federal judge ordered a rare jail takeover after he said deficiencies in supervision and staffing led to «an impressive array of assaults as well as deaths.» In December, the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit stayed that order after the county filed a motion for reconsideration.

chantal da silva contributed.