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Police have captured the alleged shooter that killed a Simpson Co. deputy

Joaquin Steven Blackwell
Joaquin Steven Blackwell(Mississippi Dept. of Public Safety)
Published: Jun. 12, 2020 at 6:52 PM CDT
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JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - A deputy was shot and killed in Simpson County Friday afternoon.

The deputy killed in the line of duty has been identified as Deputy James Blair. He was 77 years old.

The alleged suspect Joaquin Blackwell has been captured by police.

According to the reporter at the scene, he does not appear to be injured.

Who was Deputy James Blair?

Photo of Deputy Blair
Photo of Deputy Blair(Jones Co. Sheriff's Dept.)

According to a neighbor, Blair had been in law enforcement his entire life. This included working as a paramedic and a school resource officer.

He was still working due to the fact that he was raising his grandsons, whose mother had passed away. He leaves behind a wife as well.

Details on the Suspect:

Earlier on Friday, law enforcement from multiple agencies had set up a perimeter around the area of Highway 13 and Highway 49 searching for the suspect.

Simpson County Sheriff’s Office identified the suspect as Joaquin Blackwell. He’s considered armed and dangerous.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation issued a Blue Alert for Blackwell. He is 5-feet-8-inches tall and about 175 pounds with brown eyes and black hair.

Executive Director of Region 8 Mental Health Services Dave Van said Blackwell was at the facility for an involuntary psychiatric evaluation.

In the transporting of the suspect, Blackwell obtained a gun, allegedly shot the deputy and escaped into the woods.

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