MADISON COUNTY, Miss. – Authorities say that a Mississippi sheriff’s deputy was gravely injured after an armed suspect led police on a high-speed chase that ended in a shootout on Thursday morning.
That officer remains in the hospital on Thursday afternoon.
Madison County Sheriff Randy Tucker told reporters on that deputies responded to a call around 7:15 a.m. concerning a “possible hostage situation,” where an unidentified man “had been abducted and was tied up in a home in the northeast part of Madison County.”
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When the deputies arrived at the scene, the suspect allegedly bolted out of the home, climbed into his vehicle and fled the area.
The Madison County deputies gave chase and followed the car “at a high rate of speed through the northeastern part of the county, east of Canton,” Sheriff Tucker said in a press briefing.
After the suspect reportedly lost control of his vehicle and crashed, he drew a weapon and began firing at the deputies. The deputies returned fire, striking the suspect.
Law enforcement officials are on the scene investigating a shooting where a Madison County Sheriff deputy was shot in the head. pic.twitter.com/s1ljVVtikh
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Though Sheriff Tucker declined to get into specifics about the injuries of those involved, it was noted that at least one of the officers had been struck by gunfire..
“In a nutshell, that’s what happened, there were injuries to officers and the suspect,” Tucker said, speaking vaguely about the shooting.
Canton Mayor William Truly said that one of the deputies had been shot “at least once” in the head. The wounded deputy was reportedly airlifted to University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.
Doctors at UMMC confirmed that they had admitted a patient with a gunshot wound and that said patient had been “awake and talking to us” upon arrival.
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Though the condition of the deputy has not been confirmed, ABC 16 News has reported that he is in critical condition at UMMC.
Police say that the suspect had been struck by gunfire and was additionally transported to a medical facility, though which hospital he had been taken to was unclear.
Madison County District Attorney John Bramlett said, “basically, what you had was a domestic situation that turned into a kidnapping and a hostage situation.”
I have confirmation that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is on scene in this investigation in which the Madison County deputy was shot and another was injured. pic.twitter.com/ERM43mcvl8
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The Clarion Ledger reported on the scene where the crash and shooting unfolded.
‘The shooting took place on Highway 16 near the intersection with Highway 43 in Canton. On scene, the front end of a dark-colored Jeep was in a ditch, the driver’s side door open. Multiple law enforcement officers swarmed the area, which was cordoned off by yellow police tape spanning across the two-lane highway.’
Neither the suspect nor the deputies have been identified.
The National Fraternal Order of Police called for an end to the senseless attacks against those who protect and serve.
The violence against law enforcement in this country must stop. We must hold these cowards accountable and our brothers and sisters should be paid the respect due for their dedication. Please pray for our wounded heroes. #EnoughisEnoughhttps://t.co/z4YefytN4U
— National FOP (@GLFOP) September 5, 2019
The details of the shooting are still under investigation. Bramlett asked that the focus be kept on the injured deputy.
“They’ll conduct that investigation and once they complete that report, they’ll be turning it over to the district attorney’s office,” he said. “We just ask that you keep this officer that’s in surgery in your thoughts and prayers.”
Madison County Mayor Mary Hawkins Butler released a statement Thursday afternoon.
“When one hurts, we all hurt,” she said. “We are here to do whatever the sheriff’s department needs … Whatever needs to be done, we’re there to help.”
This story is developing. Law Enforcement Today will continue to bring you up to date coverage as more details are released to the public.