TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) — Here's a summary of the information that was provided at the Monday night news conference at City Hall.
The FBI provided a description of the vehicle sought in connection with the shooting. It's a charcoal colored, medium sized sedan that may have been rented and may have damage from gunfire. It's not known what kind of license plate the car had. Federal authorities said the person being sought may have left in this vehicle or left on foot.
The person who's wanted is described as 5'9" to 6' tall with a thin build with a light complexion and may be black. Authorities said he may be injured and may be left-handed. Witnesses said the person's accent is unique and may indicate he is not from the area. The clothing he was wearing was described as khaki pants, white Converse-type shoes, a light colored, long sleeve shirt or jacket with an Aztec design and a ski mask.
Tupelo Police Chief Bart Aguirre provided an update on the status of the wounded officer, whose name still has not been released. Aguirre said the officer is still in very serious critical condition in the critical care unit (intensive care unit) at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. The chief added it's still "touch and go right now" although the officer is showing some progress. He declined to give specifics on the injuries the officer suffered.
Aguirre was asked if he recalled any other Tupelo police officer being killed in the line of duty. He said he was going on 29 years with the department and could not recall one.
The chief said Gloster Street, where the shooting happened, reopened to traffic late Monday night as did Park Street and Carnation Street. They were closed for hours during the investigation.
Aguirre was asked if he had anything to say to the citizen who called for help on an officer's radio. "You have helped save an officer's life. You have prolonged his life," said Aguirre.