JACKSON, Miss. – Jackson Police are investigating an officer involved shooting that has one man recovering at the hospital after multiple rounds were fired.
We are told two officers opened fire at the man after they learned he had a high powered weapon inside his car.
“The door swung open, the driver side door swung open like I said, I don’t know if the man reached for a gun or anything, but when the door swung open shots were fired,” witness Antwione Jones recalled.
Jackson Police responded to a call of a man with a gun near State Street and Sheppard Road around 6:20 Monday night.
“They initiated a traffic stop, once officers walked up on the vehicle they noticed a high powered weapon that the suspect tried to grab at that time officers discharged their weapon, striking the suspect twice,” Officer Colendula Green said.
Two officers opened fire near State Street and Cully Drive.
The man who was shot is not being identified at this time, police confirm that he is a 31-year-old man with a possible criminal history.
“I was inside the building, I could see he was holding his side,” Jones explained. “So I’m pretty sure he took one in his side or whatever the case may be.”
At this time the suspect is recovering at University of Mississippi Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.
J.P.D tells us they are investigating the shooting and the events leading up to it.
“We’re just glad that none of our officers were harmed in this situation, due to the fact that it’s a high powered weapon and our bullet proof vest don’t protect us from a high powered weapon,” Green said.