Mississippi woman says police sold her car after confiscating it as evidence in shooting

Published 8:58 pm Monday, March 29, 2021

A woman says that the Jackson police department sold her car last year after it had been held as part of a shooting investigation when they should have returned it to her.

Tonya Hughes told WLBT that she let her godson use the car in August of 2017, and it was later involved in a shooting. City Council member Kenneth Stokes said someone drove up and opened fire on the vehicle and wounded her godson.

Hughes said the police told her that they needed the vehicle as part of the investigation, the station reported, but that it would be returned to her after the investigation was completed. But she said the police told her it was sold at auction last year.

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The station said they reached out to the police department and they are looking into it. Stokes told a city council meeting that he is going to ask the city to pay Hughes for her vehicle.