Two Mississippi officers were saved by their bullet resistant vests in one week. Therese Apel
A suspect was killed and a police officer wounded early Sunday in Meridian following a call for assistance.
Meridian Police Chief Benny DuBose said the incident began when a couple was riding with the suspect and the suspect got into an argument with the man and forced him out of the car at gunpoint.
The man then called police to report that his girlfriend was still in the car with the suspect, DuBose said.
"A BOLO (be on the lookout bulletin) was given for the vehicle, and the officer involved spotted the vehicle and attempted to get the suspect to exit the vehicle. He told him he knew he had the gun and to place his hands on the dash," DuBose said. "The suspect came out of the vehicle firing at the officer."
DuBose stressed that his officer did everything he could to resolve the situation peacefully, but said the suspect fired first.
"He exhausted all means trying to talk this guy out and he wouldn’t comply with any of them," DuBose said.
Lauderdale County Coroner Clayton Cobler said the suspect, whose identity is yet to be released, was pronounced dead on the scene by paramedics.
DuBose said the officer, who was not identified, was struck at least twice in his chest, but was wearing a bullet-proof vest; he sustained minor wounds to his arm and leg. He added that the Law Enforcement Alliance for Peer Support, a law enforcement critical incident response team, had come to provide support for the officer involved as well as others in the department.
"Physically, he’s well. We did make him go to the hospital to get checked out. Physically he’s fine," DuBose said.
The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is looking into the case, as is routine for officer-involved shootings. Spokesman Warren Strain said it's too early in the case to release any further information.