ST. MARTIN, Miss. (AP) — Authorities in Mississippi say one person is dead following a shooting involving a law enforcement officer.
Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell said the shooting occurred Monday morning at the Ramada Inn in St. Martin.
Ezell said in a statement that a deputy responded to the hotel after a clerk said there was possible drug activity in one of the guest rooms. When the deputy made contact with a suspect, Ezell says the suspect became aggressive and combative.
Another deputy arrived to help subdue the suspect but the fight escalated until one of the deputies shot the suspect, the sheriff said.
The names of the deputies involved and the shooting victim have not been released. Ezell said both deputies have been placed on administrative leave until further notice.
Mississippi Bureau of Investigation spokesman Warren Strain told The Associated Press by email that the sheriff has asked the agency to handle the investigation.
Ezell said MBI and the District Attorney's Office will present their findings to a grand jury.
Strain said state crime scene technicians are on the scene collecting evidence.
He said the body will be sent to the State Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy.