Mississippi teen accused of shooting uncle shot, injured by officers while fleeing the scene

Published 2:36 pm Thursday, June 3, 2021

Mississippi authorities are investigating after a police officer shot a 16-year-old boy who was suspected of shooting his own uncle in a hotel parking lot.

Detectives said the wounds to both people were not life-threatening.

The shootings happened Wednesday night in the Jackson suburb of Ridgeland at a hotel near the line between the two cities, news outlets reported.

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Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is handling the case, which is standard procedure for any shooting by or of law enforcement officers.

Ridgeland Police Chief John Neal said officers responded to a call about a person in the parking lot with a weapon. As police detained that person, investigators said they heard shots in another part of the lot.

As officers approached, they said a 16-year-old boy from Jackson shot his 38-year-old uncle, then tried to run. Neal said an officer shot after the teenager ignored commands to stop.