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Trooper shot, killed in Jefferson Co.; $105K reward offered

Published: Aug. 7, 2020 at 11:17 AM CDT
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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Miss. (WTOK) - The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation has agents working the fatal shooting of an off-duty state trooper in Jefferson County.

Mississippi Highway Patrol Lt. Troy Morris, 58, of Natchez, a 27-year veteran, also worked part-time for the U.S. Postal Service. He was found shot dead in his delivery truck on US 61 about 4:30 a.m. Friday.

Lt. Troy Morris
Lt. Troy Morris(Mississippi Dept. of Public Safety)

“This is a sad day for law enforcement, the Mississippi Highway Patrol, and the State of Mississippi. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Lieutenant Troy Morris. Local, state, and federal agents will work tirelessly to ensure justice,” said Public Safety Commissioner Sean Tindell.

"We are deeply saddened at the loss of Lieutenant Troy Morris," said Colonel Randy Ginn, Director of MHP. "He was a good man, friend, and a valuable member of this agency. He will truly be missed by the Mississippi Highway Patrol. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family."

The U.S. Postal Service, in conjunction with Mississippi Crime Stoppers, is offering a $105,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone involved in the crime.

Call the US Postal Service Tip Line at 1-877-876-2455 or MS Crime Stoppers at 1-888-827-4637 if you have information about the case.

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Earlier from WLBT:

An off-duty state trooper was shot and killed overnight, multiple sources confirmed to WLBT.

The shooting happened on U.S. 61 in Jefferson County. Jefferson County Sheriff James Bailey said the shooting happened around 4 a.m.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol trooper was working as part of his second job as a postal worker. He was inside his truck when he was shot and killed.

Family members identified the trooper as Lieutenant Troy Morris.

The family of Lt. Troy Morris, pictured on the right, identified him as the off-duty trooper who was shot and killed in Mississippi as he worked a second job as a postal carrier.
The family of Lt. Troy Morris, pictured on the right, identified him as the off-duty trooper who was shot and killed in Mississippi as he worked a second job as a postal carrier.(Morris family/WLBT)

The suspect remains on the run. Jefferson and Adams County sheriff’s offices, Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, Mississippi Highway Patrol and U.S. Postal Inspection Service are all investigating the case.

The postal service is offering a $100,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest.

Copyright 2020 WLBT. All rights reserved.

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