Violence towards police seems to be on the rise - - Jackson, MS

Violence towards police seems to be on the rise

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A shooting at Sam's Express Food Mart may have also led to a crash involving a JPD detective.

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JPD hasn't confirmed the cause of the collision, but witnesses say it seemed like the shooting at Sam's distracted drivers, causing a car in the westbound lane to rear-ended one car which pushed another car into the opposite side of the road, where it struck the detective.

This is the fourth time a police car has been hit in the past week.

When asked if there has been an uptick in dangerous accidents and violence against police officers, authorities said this is actually normal.

Monday's crash follows another incident where a Rankin County deputy is recovering after he was stuck in the hand with a needle that officers believe contained meth.

READ MORE: Rankin Co. deputy stuck by needle during arrest

39-year-old Don Summerlin rammed his car into a patrol car while trying to escape.

"The entire time, the suspect was looking in his mirror and shaking his head like the didn't know what to do," said Lieutenant Craig Williams with the Rankin County Sheriff's Office.

Deputy Beamon hurt his hand on a needle in Summerlin's pocket.

"I've been doing this job well over 20 years and this is probably only the third or fourth time that I've had somebody operating a motor vehicle and seen them acting like that personally," Lieutenant Williams added.

Officer Eugene Alvarez with JPD is recovering from minor injuries after Shane Acy drunkenly slammed into his cruiser that same day.

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"We use the least amount of force necessary to take those people into custody," said Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey. "And it's all up to them on how far that escalates."

Two Vicksburg police officers are injured and their cruiser was totaled after they say a man tried to run them down last week.

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Even though this may seem like an extraordinary amount of violence, police say it's just day in the life.

"These are some of the things that police officers are faced with each and everyday they go out and put the uniform on to protect the citizens," said Chief Walter Armstrong with the Vicksburg Police Department.

The Rankin County Sheriff's Office says, like anything, the violence fluctuates - sometimes they'll have a couple quiet weeks, other times there will be incidents every day.

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