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Authorities continue search for slain JPD officer's weapon

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Hinds County deputies and other law enforcement agencies have spent countless hours in this canal and the woods off Highway 18 searching for Officer Glen Agee's department issued weapon.

The 31-year-old-officer had been on the Jackson force for only two months when he chased suspect Latwan Smith who escaped from his squad car.

"I don't want to speculate on Mr. Smith's intention after he allegedly shot officer Agee; however, we do believe there was deliberate intent to conceal the location of the weapon," said Lt. Jeffery Scott with the Hinds County Sheriff's Department.

The canal has now been drained. Officer Agee was found submerged in the canal which at the time officials say was three feet high with brush and weeds and up to five feet deep in some locations.

"A  struggle ensued between officer Agee and the suspect . We believe that officer Agee's service weapon, his 9mm Glock 17, was discharged at least once," said JPD Asst. Chief Lee Vance.

"One of the ways that we were able locate Mr. Smith in this densely wooded area , Metro One has what's called a flear camera. I don't want to get into the mechanics of it, but we were able to locate him by them establishing a heat trail for us," added Lt. Scott.

Investigators have questioned Smith and say he has offered several different version of the events. 

"He tried to give us some type of indication of how this entire event unfolded, but again we will just have to let the evidence tell the real story," Lt. Scott added.

One key to the case is the missing weapon. A grid search of the densely wooded area will be the next step in the case.

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