Shots fired at drug suspect outside fast-food restaurant - - Jackson, MS

Shots fired at drug suspect outside fast-food restaurant

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Terrifying moments Wednesday night at a fast-food restaurant on Woodrow Wilson Avenue.

Witnesses say a man placing an order at the Church's Chicken counter turned out to be a person of interest to law enforcement. An undercover Jackson Police officer spotted the man and tried to arrest him.

A customer told WLBT News she heard several shots after the man took off. Police spokeswoman Colendula Green says officers did fire two shots at the rear driver's-side tire of the 2002 Ford Taurus driven by Thomas Pinkston, 25.

Green said Pinkston tried to run over three officers as he fled the parking lot. The Taurus struck an AMR ambulance and an unmarked city vehicle on the way out.

Pinkston was finally caught on Prosperity Street, where he was charged with possession of cocaine and marijuana, along with three counts of aggravated assault.

Green said traffic violations are also pending.

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