3 Laurel police officers injured in two weekend incidents

Photo credit: WDAM
Photo credit: WDAM

LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - In less than 24 hours, three Laurel Police officers and two suspects were injured in two separate assaults.

The first incident happened early Sunday morning at a convenience store on the corner of Jefferson Street and 16th Avenue.

Officers were responding to a call about suspicious activity of a man that was possibly shoplifting.

After arriving on scene, 24-year old Decory Parnnell was questioned and during the search, a handgun fell out of his pants and onto the ground.

A scuffle ensued where two of the officers were injured before Parnnell was taken into custody.

They were transported to a local hospital where they were treated for minor injuries.

The suspect was also taken to the hospital for moderate injuries. None of the injuries were life threatening.

Parnnell was charged with two counts of aggravated assault on a police officer and one count of being a felon in possession of a handgun. His bond was set at $110,000.

The second incident involved a foot chase after a suspect was being questioned about an open container.

The chase ended on Ash Street which also resulted in the arresting officer being injured after being thrown to the ground.

Back up units responded and took Michael Barber into custody, who was arrested for simple assault on a police officer. His bond was set at $25,000.

The injured officer was treated and released from the hospital.