September 24, 2020

Funeral planned for Mississippi state trooper gunned down last week

A funeral is planned this weekend for a Mississippi Highway Patrol trooper killed while off-duty and working a second job.

Services for Lt. Troy Morris are scheduled Saturday at 1 p.m. at Westhaven Funeral Home Chapel in Hazlehurst, news outlets reported. Burial will follow at the Damascus Church of Christ Holiness Cemetery, also in Hazlehurst.

Morris, a 27-year veteran of the Mississippi Highway Patrol, was driving a mail truck for a company contracted by the U.S. Postal Service early Friday, Aug. 7, when he got a flat tire on Highway 61 in Jefferson County. Morris called Mississippi Highway Patrol and the sheriff’s department to report the flat while he waited for another truck. A deputy later arrived on scene and found Morris shot to death inside the truck, investigators said.

Morris was 58.

Three people face charges in Morris’ death, including a 17-year-old suspect.