MBI: Hostage/kidnapping situation led to officer-involved shooting in Canton

Updated - A reported hostage/kidnapping situation ultimately led to an officer-involved shooting in Canton.

Posted: Sep 5, 2019 10:45 AM
Updated: Sep 5, 2019 2:17 PM

CANTON, Miss. (AP/WTVA) — Two deputies in Mississippi have been wounded including one who a mayor says was shot in the head.

News outlets report the shooting happened after a chase that ended outside of Canton on Thursday morning. Canton Mayor William Truly says the suspect was also shot and is in custody at a hospital. Truly says the city's fire chief told him about the incident.

Source: WLBT-TV

The deputy who was reportedly shot in the head has been airlifted to University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. Authorities haven't released the condition or location of the second deputy who was injured.

According to the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, the sheriff’s deputies were responding to a hostage/kidnapping situation on Lelia’s Drive.

MBI spokesman John Poulos said officers deployed stop sticks, and the suspect ran over the sticks and crashed into a ditch.

That’s when the suspect opened fire, he said, and the officers returned fire, striking the suspect.

The injured officers and the suspect were transported to local hospitals.

MBI is not identifying the officers involved. The suspect's name is unknown. 

Editor's Note: This article was modified at approximately 2 p.m. to include updates from the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation. 

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