Congressman Wants Federal Probe of Mississippi Shooting

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A congressman has asked federal authorities to investigate a shootout involving investigators from
the Mississippi attorney general's office and two men allegedly hired to kill a divorce lawyer.

U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson says he asked the FBI, the U.S. Justice Department and the U.S.
Attorney's Office to investigate the April 28 shooting in Greenwood attorney Lee Abraham's office.

One suspect was killed, another was wounded and a bullet grazed an investigator's leg during the shooting.

Dr. Arnold Smith is charged with hiring men to kill Abraham, who represented the oncologist's ex-wife during their divorce in the 1990s.

Police charged Smith and the alleged assassin who survived with conspiracy and capital murder.

Thompson says his office has received "numerous complaints" about the shooting.

In response to media requests about this case,
the Mississippi Attorney general's Office released a statement Wednesday:

"The FBI is already well aware of the facts of this case. We met with them and the U.S. Attorney’s Office prior to the shooting and requested their assistance, and we briefed them after the shooting as to what occurred. Once the preliminary hearing occurs, the public will understand that this shooting was in the necessary self-defense of our law enforcement officers."


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