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Family member speaks out after cousin killed in officer involved shooting

Man shot by police has died; Source: WLBT Man shot by police has died; Source: WLBT
Chauncey Reed (left) and Elliot Reed (right) - Source: Family friend Chauncey Reed (left) and Elliot Reed (right) - Source: Family friend
Jackson police investigating officer involved shooting; Source: WLBT Jackson police investigating officer involved shooting; Source: WLBT
Jackson police investigating officer involved shooting; Source: WLBT Jackson police investigating officer involved shooting; Source: WLBT
Reed was denied bond at his court appearance; Source: Hinds County Sheriff's Dept. Reed was denied bond at his court appearance; Source: Hinds County Sheriff's Dept.
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

One man is dead and another in custody after an officer-involved shooting at the Valero Gas Station located at the intersection of Cooper Road and Rainey Road in south Jackson.

The entire incident started with a traffic stop and escalated into a shoot-out.

30-year-old Elliot Reed was hit multiple times and died at the hospital.

"I think the whole thing is messed up. They say he was shooting at the police? I don't believe that. Because that's my little cousin. I know he ain't gonna shoot at no police," said a cousin of the suspects who asked not to be named.

26-year-old Chauncey Reed is charged with aggravated assault on a police officer and capital murder. Police say his actions during the incident led to the murder charge.

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Reed's family is skeptical. His cousin was standing across the street for hours watching investigators meticulously taking notes and logging information.

"That's all I can do. They ain't telling us nothing," said Reed's cousin.

J.C. Johnson Junior was also looking on. He saw the scene and stopped to see if anyone needed help.

"We have to get individually involved in what's going on in our community so that God can turn things around. It can happen, but we gotta get back to the basics," said Johnson Jr. 

Johnson and others who live in the area believe violence there has gotten out of hand and to change that, every single person needs to lend a hand.

"[We need to] Encourage their mentality, that they are not just at the bottom. That they are not just at the bottom - that there is worth in them. Sometimes people feel like they're at the bottom of the totem pole. But check this out: The totem pole cannot stand without a bottom," said Johnson Jr.

A friend of Elliot Reed, who asked not to be named, sent the following statement after learning about his death:

"He was a good person. He didn't bother anyone. He was the type to make you smile when you were down, and was there to talk when you needed him. I really don't believe he shot at the police, because he wouldn't do that. But everybody has their flaws - who's to say they didn't just kill him because they felt threatened by him"

Shameca Fox was going to the Dollar General across the street from Valero when she saw the crime scene. She says she found the sight upsetting, but not surprising.

"This particular store, and this Dollar General, have had countless incidents," said Fox.

With the City of Jackson averaging seven homicides a month in 2018, and JPD short staffed, she says the entire community is on edge.

READ MORE: 2018 is Jackson's deadliest year on record, per FBI data

"It does affect you, not only physically, mentally. Because you're worried! I mean no one should have to stay in their home or fear discomfort. I mean, I know things happen, but when it's gonna happen every other week, it's beginning to be questionable. What is going on!" exclaimed Fox.

MBI is taking over the investigation into the officer's actions. They say surveillance video from the gas station shows the entire exchange.

The family believes they should be allowed to see the video.

"What all this is about, I don't know. But he's gone now," said the Reeds' cousin.

The shooting happened just after 1:00 a.m. MBI investigators were still on scene when MSNewsNow crews left around 9:15 a.m.

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