Officers Wounded in Shootout

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Three West Point police officers were wounded Saturday night during a shootout with a murder suspect who had hijacked a car. All the officers are in the hospital and are expected to survive.

No details were released about the condition of the suspect, who was also wounded in the shootout and taken to a hospital.

Authorities refuse to release the names of the officers or the suspect, or to provide details about the shootout.

West Point Mayor Scott Ross says investigators are still trying to piece together the incident.

West Point Police Chief Bill Gibson said investigators didn't know until later that the carjacker was also a suspect in a murder. Mayor Ross said the killing happened Saturday, but he refused to give further details.

Spokeswoman Delores Lewis said the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is reviewing the shooting. Officials plan for a news conference on Monday to announce more details.

West Point is a town of about 12,000 people near the Alabama state line, about 15 miles northeast of Starkville.

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