Autopsy released in officer-involved shooting

Autopsy released in officer-involved shooting
Jerome Harmon/Photo credit: HPD
The scene/Photo credit: HPD
The scene/Photo credit: HPD

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The preliminary autopsy has been released for the suspect killed in an officer-involved shooting on Friday in the Hub City.

"The preliminary autopsy shows that Jerome Harmon died of a gunshot wound to the head," Forrest County Coroner Butch Benedict said.

Harmon, 23 of Hattiesburg, was killed on Att Avenue in Palmer's Crossing when authorities said he fired at officers after a police chase.

Harmon, a burglary and credit card fraud suspect, was being pursued by Hattiesburg police when he attempted to flee from his vehicle at the end of the chase.

According to witnesses on scene, Harmon tried to cross through a moving train and failed, then fired at the officer. The officer returned fire, striking the suspect. Harmon was transported from the scene by AAA Ambulance and taken to Forrest General Hospital where he later died from his injuries.

The officer, whose name is not being released, was not injured in the shooting.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation and the Forrest-Perry County District Attorney's office are handling the investigation.