Suspect dead, MPD Officer shot in late night shootout

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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Coroner Clayton Cobler confirms one person killed during a shooting incident involving a Meridian Police Officer.

It happened around 1:45 a.m. on Poplar Springs Drive near 36th Street. Captain John Griffith says the Meridian Police Officer was shot three times, but did not sustain life-threatening injuries. Griffith says the bulletproof vest did it's job of protecting the officer.

Meridian Police Chief Benny Dubose says the shooting is unfortunate and justifiable. He says the suspect did not comply with officer commands and had a gun.

Captain John Griffith says the suspect picked up a man and a woman before the shootout. He says there was an incident where the man was forced out of the vehicle. Griffith says the woman was in the truck at the time of the shooting. It's unclear if the three knew one another.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation will be handling this case.