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Man accused in Ridgeland shootout goes before judge

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RIDGELAND, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The man accused in a weekend shootout involving Ridgeland police made his initial appearance in court Monday. As authorities continue to investigate the incident, a passenger in the suspect's vehicle recovers at a local hospital. 

Ridgeland police detectives poured over the vehicle they say was used to ram the vehicles of two officers Saturday. The rear window of the 1998 GMC Sierra was missing, a result of a volley of gunfire that rang out in the early morning hours. 

Detectives say the probe is continuing as expected. "The investigation is proceeding as we planned. We have spoken with the family of the suspect, of course and of the family of the young lady that was shot in the vehicle with the suspect, Cory Laird," said Lt. Brian Myers. 

Corey Lamon Laird, 24, made is first appearance in court Monday afternoon. He's been charged with two counts of aggravated assault on a police officer. Authorities say Laird will have a second court appearance Tuesday. 

Myers says, "They have scheduled a bond hearing for Mr. Laird tomorrow, sometime after 2 p.m. He has obtained counsel and we are proceeding with our investigation." 

Ridgeland police responded to a call just after 1 o'clock Saturday morning at the Oakbrook Apartments on Old Canton Road. 

When laird saw the cops, he fled, ramming the police cars and that's when the shooting began.

An unidentified woman who was in the truck was hit once in the shoulder.  

Laird faces up to 30 years in prison on each of the two counts. He made his initial appearance in Ridgeland City Court and he is being held without bond at the Madison County Detention Center. 

A hearing Tuesday will determine whether a judge will set bond for Laird.

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