Mississippi Police Officer Killed, 3 Others Wounded in Shootout with Suspect

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A Mississippi police officer was killed and three others are wounded after a shootout with a standoff suspect in Tishomingo County, Miss., according to the Mississippi Department of Public Safety.

Mississippi Department of Public Safety spokesman Warren Strain said details in the incident are not being released at this point, as MBI agents are in the early stages of an investigation.

“It’s a shock, we’re working through it right now,” Strain said.

The identities of the officers have not been released, but sources say the officer who was killed is a Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics agent.

The suspect has also been killed.

Tishomingo County coroner Mack Wilemon said he could not speak to the nature of the injuries until the investigation has progressed further. He said the SWAT team was making entry into the home when the agent and the suspect were killed and the other SWAT members were injured.

Officials told reporters on Friday night that a man had taken his wife and child hostage inside a home south of Luka, near the Alabama state line. Authorities were on scene, witnesses said.

When the suspect sent his wife and child out of the home, he opened fire on the officers, according to witnesses.

His name has not yet been released either.

The three injured officers are being treated at various hospitals at this point, Strain said.

SOURCE: Therese Apel
The (Jackson, Miss.) Clarion-Ledger