Mississippi officer back at work weeks after fatal shooting

AP News
Posted: Sep 07, 2016 10:38 AM

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A white police officer is back at work in north Mississippi, weeks after a grand jury declined to indict him in the shooting death of a black man who ran from a traffic stop.

City spokeswoman Leesha Faulkner confirms Wednesday that Tyler Cook is carrying out administrative duties at the Tupelo Police Department.

Antwun "Ronnie" Shumpert died June 18 after police said he ran from a traffic stop and Cook and a police dog found him hiding under a house. An autopsy showed 37-year-old Shumpert was shot four times.

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The shooting has prompted protests, and Shumpert's relatives are seeking $35 million in a federal lawsuit against the city. Attorney Carlos Moore says they are "devastated" by Cook's return to work.

The Justice Department is reviewing the case.