We're learning more about the history of a police officer arrested in a Pike County murder probe. Jasper Pittman had been fired from the McComb Police Department prior to taking a job with the Brookhaven Police Department.
We spoke with McComb Police Chief Greg Martin. He says he fired Pittman after less than a year on the force for violating the pursuit policy.
Brookhaven Police Chief Bobby Bell says he knew that when he hired Pittman. Chief Bell says chasing vehicles is against Brookhaven police policy, and he took the chance on Pittman. Pittman was fired from Brookhaven after only 15 days.
Pittman, 25, is now charged as an accessory after the fact in the murder of Kenneth Thompson. He's also charged with arson, conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to commit arson and the sexual battery of Thompson's 14-year-old son Blake Thompson.
Kenneth Ray Thompson, 54, was found dead around 2 a.m. Monday behind 1025 Josephine Dr. in McComb. The younger Thompson is charged with murder in his father's death.
Blake Thompson, 14, and two others -- LeJerrious A. Perkins, 17, and Greg Antonio Fortenberry, 26, both of McComb -- are all charged with murder, conspiracy to commit murder and conspiracy to commit arson.
Pittman was fired during Tuesday night's Brookhaven Board of Alderman meeting, according to Chief Bell. Bell says Pittman was still on a probationary period.