Condition of suspect involved in police cruiser chase released

Condition of suspect involved in police cruiser chase released
Crime Scene on Johnston Circle (Credit: WDAM)
Investigators check the stolen deputies SUV (Credit: WDAM)
Investigators check the stolen deputies SUV (Credit: WDAM)

FORREST COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A high-speed chase in Forrest County involving a stolen police cruiser ended with shots being fired in the Hub City.  

Just before 10 p.m., a Forrest County deputy was flagged down at a residence in the 300 block of J.B. Horne Road.

"He advised there was a victim that was hit in the head with a hammer at the residence," Forrest County Sheriff's Department Investigator Nick Calico. said. "The deputy left his unit to render medical aid and radioed for assistance to head that way."

The victim of the hammer injury has been listed in stable condition.

According to Calico, when the deputy was calling for medical assistance, another person at the scene jumped in the deputies car and fled the scene. 

The deputy then notified dispatch that his unit was stolen and his K-9 was inside, according to Calico.

"A short time later the patrol unit was located on Highway 49 headed north, at that point deputies attempted to stop the vehicle," Calico said. "The suspect then turned on Edwards Street, continued to Brady Road, and then the suspect turned on Johnston Circle."

The suspect wrecked into the woods near 826 Johnston Circle.

"At that point there was at least one gunshot heard from the vehicle," Calico said. "Deputies and Mississippi Highway Patrol Officers then approached the vehicle, and it appeared the suspect had a self-inflected gunshot wound."

Calico said when they heard the shot fire, another shot was returned by an MHP officer.

The suspect was transported to Forrest General Hospital and is listed in critical condition. The investigation shows that the gunshot wound the suspect suffered was self-inflicted.

The incident is being handled by the Forrest County Sheriff's Department and the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations.

Hattiesburg police and Mississippi Highway Patrol Officers assisted in attempts to stop the suspect.

No officers, or the K-9 were injured in the pursuit or incident.

"Mississippi Bureau of Investigations and the departments Crime Scene Unit was called to the scene to assist in the investigation," Information Director for the Department of Public Safety Warren Strain said. "The evidence that was collected was shipped to the State Crime Lab for processing along with the deputy's SUV."

Investigators are still working to determine the number of shots that were fired in the incident.

"MBI will work through the investigation and determine the number of shots the suspect fired and will determine if any officers fired any shots as well," Strain said.

The stolen cruiser and evidence from the scene were taken to the crime lab for processing, according to Strain.