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Detective, murder suspect dead after shooting in Mississippi police station

CNN – by Chandler Friedman and Joe Sutton

A veteran detective and the murder suspect he was interviewing were killed Thursday in a shooting inside the Jackson, Mississippi, police headquarters.

The detective was talking with the suspect when the shots were fired, Othor Cain, a spokesman for the Hinds County Sheriff’s Department, told CNN.  

Other law enforcement officers overheard the gunshots and rushed into the room, said a shaken Chris Mims, a spokesman for Mayor Harvey Johnson.

They found both people dead.

The incident occurred around 6 p.m. (7 p.m. ET). One hour later, the situation was contained, according to Cain.

The suspect was not immediately named, though Mims later identified the slain detective as Eric Smith.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is leading the investigation to determine what happened, Mims said.

Jackson, a city of about 175,000 residents, is the capital of Mississippi.

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5 Responses to Detective, murder suspect dead after shooting in Mississippi police station

  1. Jolly Roger says:

    This is certainly strange enough. I’d say someone knew too much about something.

  2. diggerdan says:

    With all of these cop shootings going on lately it looks like it is restitution time. It is time cops of every type to get payed back. How do these f`n cops like living in fear now. I hope these shooting do not end untill every crooked cop is in that underground house. No mercy for those cops. Let us all make them cops live in fear for their family and their lives. screw them cops, it`s payback time.

  3. Mel says:

    ask a former cop who was lucky enough to escape with his life

  4. D. Gilmore says:

    I dont think the cop was the real target. The gunman could have found him in another place besides the friggin police department…I think the detective’s suspect may have known too much as Jolly Roger mentioned.

  5. # 1 NWO Hatr says:

    How do two people INSIDE a police station (cops or suspects, irrelevant) get shot, and no one knows anything about it?

    Something to do with all the MSG in their donuts?

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