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J.P.D. officer shoots burglary suspect

By David Kenney - bio | email

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - A Jackson police officer is at the center of an investigation for using his weapon to stop a burglar.

Police said the officer shot a fleeing suspect Wednesday morning.

J.P.D. investigators are trying to determine if any police department policies were violated.

They do tell WLBT the burglar shot by police was unarmed.

Two officers responded to a burglary called in by neighbors just after 11:00 a.m.

When they went around to the back of the house, they encountered four individuals, whom they placed under arrest.

The officers involved reported a fifth individual tried to run, and that's when one of the officers fired a shot, striking him in the leg.

The name and age of the individual who was shot is not being released at this time.

He was taken to the hospital for treatment, with injuries that appeared to be non-life threatening.

Police said he was not armed.

"I don't want to draw any conclusions about policy or any policy violations at this point.  We'll investigate this from two sides:  One is a criminal investigation to see if any laws were broken, and the second one will be internal affairs investigation that will deal with the policy questions," said Assistant Chief Lee Vance.

Late Wednesday police released a statement saying the officer stumbled, and accidentally fired his weapon.

All five of the burglars were juveniles, and are being charged with possession of marijuana.

Neighbors have reported a rash of burglaries in the area, and the person who reported this one said they're glad they were able to help police stop them.

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