Mississippi man arrested after reportedly carrying gun onto hospital campus, attacking officer

Published 6:14 am Wednesday, February 9, 2022

A Mississippi man accused of assaulting a police officer and carrying a handgun on the grounds of the University of Mississippi Medical Center campus in Jackson was arrested Monday night.

Richard Neil, 49, of Biloxi, was charged with possession of a weapon after felony conviction, carrying a concealed weapon on school grounds, resisting arrest, and aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.

At approximately 11 p.m. Monday, a suspicious man, later identified as Neil, was reported on the UMMC campus.

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Officials say that when officers located and made contact with Neil, he resisted arrest and then attacked an officer. Neil was also found to be carrying a 9mm handgun.

The officer in the attack has been treated and released.