JACKSON, MS (WLBT) – Jackson police said a man was accidentally shot New Year's Day after refusing to obey an officer, but the victim said he was shot from behind.
J.P.D. officers responded to the 3300 block of Santa Rosa Street near Hardy Middle School around 1:15 Saturday morning in reference to reports of gunfire.
Investigators said 27-year-old Sherman Jackson refused to stop and would not remove his hands from his pockets.
According to J.P.D., one officer's gun accidentally hit the ground and discharged.
A second officer heard the shot and thought Jackson opened fire.
Jackson told WLBT that he and friends were returning from church when they were stopped by police in the driveway of his friend's house.
"As he comes he got his gun out, so that's why I'm backing up. I mean why you got to have your gun out? We don't have anything. I'm backing up. So when I took off running I hear a "pow" and I felt my arm and I felt it, and I fell," said Sherman Jackson.
Police said Jackson was concealing marijuana and charged him with possession and resisting arrest.
Jackson said that he will have surgery in about two weeks to remove the bullet still lodged in his arm.
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