MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Police are releasing new information about what happened during an officer involved shooting over the weekend.
Meridian police say it began when a man called 911 saying he and a female were riding with someone when the driver pulled a gun, demanding the 911 caller get out of the truck on Highway 39. It was 15 minutes later when the truck was discovered.
“Police officer located the vehicle in the 3600 block of Poplar Springs Drive,” Capt. John Griffith said at a press conference Monday afternoon.
Police say the man and woman told them the driver made threats to shoot officers if he was pulled over. The female was inside the truck at the time of the shooting. Police say the man and woman didn’t seem to know the driver.
Meridian police say it happened at a vacant home on Poplar Springs Drive near 36th Street. They say the truck was parked in the driveway. They say when the officer approached the vehicle, the driver got out and started shooting at him, but none of that was caught on camera. Meridian police saying the officer’s body camera was not working.
“He did not have a body camera on. We have had some issues with our cameras. His camera had some battery issues that expanded the camera,” Griffith says.
Police say they have had many issues with the current body camera system and are looking to upgrade soon. Griffith says some of the malfunctions include batteries expanding and power buttons breaking. He says the officer involved in the shooting allowed a patrol officer to use his body camera. Griffith says the patrol officer was having issues with his body cam and since he would be making more stops than the shift supervisor, he was using the working camera.
We are also learning more about the officer who was shot during Sunday morning’s incident. At a press conference, police telling reporters the officer has been working for MPD for nearly 25 years and was a shift supervisor. He’s recovering.
“The injuries he sustained were minor abrasions and bruising. He’s holding up well. He’s at home with his family,” Griffith says.
Police say they have received an overwhelming amount of support during this time. They also tell the public to respect the friends and family of the Driver.
The driver's family says he served in the military and did have health issues including PTSD.
The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is handling the case. Calls to MBI were not returned.