Fifth suspect in officer shootings makes initial appearance

Fifth suspect in officer shootings makes initial appearance

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A fifth suspect has been arrested in connection to the fatal shooting of two Hattiesburg police officers last Saturday.

Agents of the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation (MBI) have charged Abram Wade “Pete” Franklin, 29, of Hattiesburg.

He made his initial appearance at 8:30 a.m. in Justice Court.

Wade's bond was set at $75,000, and was charged with rendering criminal assistance in death of two HPD officers.

Franklin has several misdemeanor charges from the past, including a few assault charges. He claims the charges "were just a misunderstanding"