JPD Chief: Officer shot suspect in self-defense - - Jackson, MS

JPD Chief: Officer shot suspect in self-defense

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

On Tuesday night, Jackson Police responded to the Exxon on Siwell Road regarding a drug deal in the parking lot.

They found two vehicles. One of them left the scene. Justin Wilson, age 27, was inside a black Dodge Charger. 

"As soon as the officer got out of the car, this guy puts it in reverse and guns it right towards the officer," JPD Chief Lee Vance says, regarding the incident.

"The officer then drew his weapon and fired at the vehicle, fired into the vehicle and struck the suspect about three times at least that I know of." 

Wilson was shot in the left arm and shoulder.

He remains at UMMC with non-life threatening injuries. The officer was not hurt.

Chief Vance has learned Wilson is no stranger to a prison cell.

He was wearing an ankle bracelet during the incident. 

"He's got an arrest record that's ten pages long from many different agencies, and we have at least 14 times that JPD has arrested him," he tells us. "I don't have an answer to why a guy like this is out of jail. I don't second-guess officers in situations like that. You have to defend your life the best way you can. When you're put in a situation like that, you depend on your God, you depend on your training, and you depend on the weapons we provide for you." 

Wilson now faces a charge of aggravated assault on a police officer. 

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