Charges to be filed in justified officer involved shooting in Walnut

An officer involved shooting in Walnut on October 17th of last year was ruled as justified and charges will be filed in the case.

The AG’s office released the following at the time:

“Yesterday, in the late afternoon on Sunday, October 17, 2021, Mississippi Highway Patrol officers were involved in an incident involving an exchange of weapons’ fire in Tippah County, near Walnut, Mississippi. 

One individual, a 45-year-old white male, is receiving medical care and is currently in critical condition. 

Pursuant to HB 974, passed during the 2021 Legislative Session, for any officer-involved shooting involving a State Trooper and resulting in injury, the Attorney General’s Office must designate a law enforcement agency or task force to investigate the incident. 

Accordingly, our Office designated the New Albany Police Department and we are actively engaged in what remains an open investigation.  We will release more information as it becomes available.”

On Friday, the AG released the following:

OFFICIAL STATEMENT | February 11, 2022

Statement on Investigation of
October 17, 2021 Shooting in Tippah County

‘The Attorney General’s Office released the following statement with regard to an
October 17, 2021, officer-involved shooting in Tippah County near Walnut,

‘The Office of the Attorney General has completed its investigation into the October17, 2021, incident involving an officer-involved shooting in Tippah County, and
found the use of force by two Mississippi Highway Patrol Troopers was justified.

Charges against the injured party related to the underlying incident have been filed
by the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation.

Jon Ross Myers

Jon Ross Myers is the executive editor and publisher of the Mississippi News Network, Mississippi's largest digital only media company. He can be reached at editor@tippahnews.com

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