A man is fighting for his life after he was taken down by a Jackson police officer. It happened last night at the Newk's restaurant near Highland Village. Police have identified the man as 67-Year-Old Michael Longstreet.
Officers were there because someone had called to report that Longstreet was causing a disturbance inside the restaurant. Assistant Chief Lee Vance says Newks workers said, "He was cursing and waiting for food he never ordered. They asked him to leave and he refused."
When officers arrived, they tried to remove Longstreet, but he became violent, striking one of the officers in the face several times. Vance says Longstreet then retreated to the rear of the restaurant, where he grabbed a large pizza cutter, which he began swinging at the officers. Police say when he reached into his back pocked to retrieve a small police baton, an officer fired, striking him in the abdomen.
Longstreet was rushed to University Medical Center, where he underwent surgery. He is listed in critical to guarded condition.
"It appears they were absolutely justified, it appears they were fighting an individual who for whatever reason went off on them," says Vance.
The officer who fired his weapon is on paid leave, which is routine. The Internal Affairs division will conduct an investigation to determine if any J.P.D. policies were violated. Another criminal investigation will be conducted into the incident, with the results forwarded to the Hinds County District Attorney.
Michael Longstreet will be charged with Aggravated Assault on a police officer. No one else was injured.
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