Mississippi man drowns after jumping into pond in attempt to elude police

Published 9:08 pm Monday, March 9, 2020

A Mississippi man who police believed was part of a robbery was killed early Saturday morning in Missouri while reportedly fleeing from police.

Missouri media report Kirk R. King, 20, of Olive Branch, Mississippi, drowned after he fled from police, jumped into a pond in Pemiscot County, Missouri, and tried to swim away.

Police were pursuing King and three others they believe had committed a robbery at Pilot Travel Center in Marston, Missouri late Friday night.

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During the pursuit the suspects’ vehicle crashed and the four suspects fled the area. Two were apprehended and two, one of whom was King, jumped into the pond. King went under and did not surface. His found was found later that morning and pronounced dead.

The other three suspects, Zackier DeShawn Kelley of Memphis, Tennessee, TreMayne Alfrod and Cordell Smith, both of Greenville, Mississippi, were charged with robbery along with other charges related to the chase.