Man arrested, charged after trying to run over JPD officer with - - Jackson, MS

Man arrested, charged after allegedly trying to run over JPD officer with stolen car

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Michael Handford; Source: JPD Michael Handford; Source: JPD
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The Jackson Police Department is investigating an officer-involved shooting that happened on Woody and Meadow Lane Drive in south Jackson.

Police have arrested and charged 28-year-old Michael Handford with attempted aggravated assault on a police officer and possession of stolen vehicle.

Jackson police were conducting a routine checkpoint in this neighborhood when a new model red Camaro with a paper tag drove up.

"You check them for licenses, you check them for warrants, check them for insurance violations. Routine stuff," explained Jackson Police Chief Lee Vance.

The police presence is meant to deter crime as much as possible.

David Dollar lives on Meadow Lane Drive, and says the extra law enforcement monitoring is absolutely necessary.

"It's bad when you hear gunshots so much, that you get to the point where you're used to hearing them, like you're in a war zone," said Dollar.

JPD says Handford tried to go around the road block then attempted to run over the officers with the car, that was stolen out of Copiah County.

The JPD officer, feeling like his life was being threatened, shot towards the Camaro. A bullet struck Handford in the buttocks and he drove himself to CMMC where he is being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

"You don't know whether you need to hit the ground, or take cover, or just hope for the best," said Dollar when asked about shootings in his neighborhood.

Chief Vance says law enforcement only uses deadly force when they feel it is absolutely necessary, as they believe it was in this case.

"[It was] an act of defense, and because the officer found himself in a position where his life could have been threatened by getting run over by this Camaro," said Chief Vance. "The officer fired several shots into the vehicle."

Handford is currently in stable condition. 

"I didn't have any problem with it. They've gotta do their job - that's their job, that's what keeps us safe. To me, they need more of it," said Dollar.

Chief Vance says he is proud of how his officers handled the situation, and of how they conduct themselves each and every day.

"We are faced with so many obstacles, and despite that, our officers, our men and women - especially the ones who work out here in the patrol division - they get out here and they go to work every day," said the Chief.

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