JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Twenty-four- year-old Latwan Smith of Jackson has been charged with capital murder in the shooting death of Jackson Police Officer Glen Agee. The 31-year-old was new to the force working with JPD for less than two months.
"We extend our heartfelt condolences to the Agee family," said JPD Police Chief Rebecca Coleman.
Jackson Police officials held a press conference Saturday with more details on what led to the officer's death. Around 8:30 p.m. Friday night, Agee along with two other Precinct One officers were transporting Smith to the Hinds County Detention Center in Raymond. As they neared the jail Smith complained of not being able to breath and requested for the back window to be rolled down.
"He was able to maneuver handcuffs from behind his back, by placing his legs through his arms and bringing his handcuffed hands to the front. That is how he was able to get out," said Assistant Chief Lee Vance.
According to Assistant Chief Vance, Smith bolted for a wooded region behind a Sonic restaurant on Highway 18. Agee chased after Smith while the two other officers circled the area in their police cruisers. Officer Agee came upon Smith in a five foot deep canal.
"A struggle ensued between the suspect and officer Agee in the water. The suspect was able to escape the canal and get into the woods," said Vance.
After help from the Hinds County Sheriff's Department, Metro One and other agencies Smith was apprehended. Agee was found in the canal with a gunshot wound to the face. Officer Agee was airlifted to University Medical Center where he later died.
Details on how Agee was shot or how many times has not been made clear. The search continues for the officers gun. "The canal where we believe his weapon was at the time was drained this morning and searched, but we still have not located it," said Vance.
Meanwhile Jackson Police officers and staff are receiving grief counseling. Agee, a Collins native, leaves behind a four month old child.
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