JPD Assistant Chief calls officer involved shootings unusual - - Jackson, MS

JPD Assistant Chief calls recent officer involved shootings unusual

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) -  Jackson Police are investigating three officer involved shootings in four days.  

Police officials said multiple police shootings in such a short amount time, all in the same area very unusual.

The first and most violent officer involved shooting occurred Thursday afternoon on Industrial Drive. An off duty officer spotted a man breaking into a vehicle. The suspected burglar started shooting and the officer returned fire, injuring 24-year-old Fabian Chapman in the hand. Chapman faces several charges including auto burglary and felon in possession of a firearm.

"Our people are out there engaging. This is a very dangerous profession. Through the grace of God and police training no one was hurt," said JPD Assistant Chief Lee Vance.

That was the case Friday night as well when police said a drunk driver tried to run over an officer on the corner of California Avenue and Northside Drive. The officer fired his weapon, but did not hurt 39-year-old William Carter. He was arrested and faces multiple charges including assault on a police officer.

Early Sunday morning a traffic stop on Warner Avenue turned violent when the driver grabbed for the officer's weapon. Police said 30-year-old Jerome Heard punched the officer in the face and the officer used his gun. Heard was shot in the hand and is now facing multiple charges.

"Sometimes we go five, six, seven years without officers being involved in a shooting," said Vance.  "I think the thing that is most important is that we have people out there that put their lives on the line."

One week before these shooting, Jackson Police conducted a special operation based out of Precinct Three.  Assistant Chief Vance said the people of Jackson can expect officers continuing to crack down.

"We are constantly trying to come up with ways to quell the recent spike in crime that we have and we will work until we're successful," said Vance.

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