Reward increased for info on suspect who shot Corinth officer

Corinth Police Officer Kevin Parker Photo: WREG

CORINTH, Miss. (WJTV) –  Officials are increasing the reward being offered for information about suspect who shot a Corinth Police officer.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation said reward money has increased to $10,500 for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the man responsible for Wednesday’s shooting of Officer Kevin Parker Jr.

Parker was shot twice around 4:40 a.m., MBI officials said. He was taken to a hospital in Tupelo. He is listed in stable condition, officials said.

According to WREG in Memphis, he was responding to a prowler call on Bell School Road. The officer said a man ran in front of his car, at which time he stopped. Parker said he told the man to stop, and then the man charged him.

According to Corinth Police Chief Ralph Dance, the man was able to get his hand on the officer’s gun during a struggle and turn it on him. Officer Parker, who was able to keep hold of the gun, was shot once in the chest and once in the shoulder.

The officer’s vest stopped the bullet to his chest and saved his life according to Dance. Chief Dance said the vest was only bought two months ago and came from a company where the officer’s father is employed.

The suspect is still at large and described as a black male approximately 5’ 9” tall and weighing between 200 to 250 pounds. The reward money is being offered by the US Marshals Service and the Corinth Police Department. Anyone with information regarding this case should contact the Corinth Police Department at 662-286-3377.

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