MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - UPDATE:
The city of Meridian says an officer discharged one round in the apprehension of a burglary suspect early Tuesday morning.
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Meridian Police Chief Benny Dubose says officers responded to a burglary in progress at 3:17 a.m at Dollar Tree on Bonita Lakes Drive.
Dubose says on the way to the store, an officer saw a man named Billy D. Walker on South Frontage Road, left the car and pursued him on foot across four lanes of traffic on I-20/59.
The city says the officer caught the suspect in the parking lot of HiFi Cruisin' on North Frontage Road, but the man resisted and the officer fired his gun once, striking the suspect.
“The officer gave chase and an altercation occurred in the parking area of HiFi Cruisin'’ on North Frontage Rd. It resulted in a shot being fired, striking Mr. Walker in the lower left thigh. Nothing life-threatening at this time. The officer was treated and released from a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries,” Dubose explains.
Walker was transported to Jackson and is in stable condition.
"Whenever we have an officer-involved shooting we always call in a third party to investigate. This being the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation," CAO Richie McAlister says.
Dubose says Walker has warrants on him now for commercial burglary and assault on a police officer. The officer has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the investigation.
Meridian police are investigating an officer-involved shooting that happened early Tuesday morning.
Police were on the scene at North Frontage Road in the area around HiFi Cruisin' around 3:30 Tuesday morning.
We don't know the extent of the suspect's injuries or if any Meridian police officers were hurt during the incident.
Police were also seen at a work site on the other side of Interstate 20/59 when our crew arrived.
We'll keep you updated on this developing story throughout the day.