JPD unclear if people in McDowell Road home were ever held hostage


UPDATE: 09/22/2016 1:11pm Jackson Police are trying to figure out what happened at a home on McDowell Road. They are now trying to determine if there was ever anyone being held, hostage.We’re told that officers did find guns and drugs inside the home. A total of 15 people were in the home. Chief Lee Vance said two people were Asleep and two people were found in the attic. They came to the scene around 5 a.m. after someone inside called officers saying they were being held, hostage. He said they later told them that they weren’t being held against their will.

UPDATE: 09/22/2016 12:25pm The hostage situation on McDowell Road has ended. Details about what happened are still developing. WJTV will update this when more information is released. We know at least 13 people were released from the home.

UPDATE: 09/22/2016 10:50am Chief Lee Vance says another person has come out of the home. This brings the total to 13 people who have been released.

UPDATE: 09/22/2016 9:58am The Federal Bureau of Investigation is on the scene assisting the Jackson Police Department SWAT team and hostage negotiation officers.  The scene is still active and police say at least one subject is barricaded inside the home.



UPDATE: 09/22/2016 9:31am  Chief Lee Vance says that a total of twelve people have been able to leave the home.  The JPD is still working to get the suspect and any others out of the home.


UPDATE: 09/22/2016  9:20am Jackson Police say six more people have been able to get out of the building.


UPDATE: 09/22/2016 9:00am  Chief Lee Vance says that the hostage situation is confined to the home and that students at Key Elementary School are not in danger.




UPDATE: 09/22/2016 8:01am Chief Lee Vance says that they believe that there were eleven or twelve people inside the house, which is believed to be a rooming house.  Police have gotten approximately six people out of the home.  He says that the JPD is “not in a rush,” and they want to do whatever they can to make certain that the hostage negotiations, which are underway now, have a peaceful resolution.  “Sometimes these things take longer than other times.”

No information has been released as to the identity of the person responsible for holding the hostages.

UPDATE: 09/22/2016  7:35am Parents of students who attend Key Elementary School are being told to use an alternate entrance.

UPDATE: 09/22/2016 7:25am Police are correcting the location to McDowell and Greenview Drive, not Greenbriar.


UPDATE: 09/22/2016 7:11am JPD says, ” The death investigation and possible hostage (barricaded subject) situations on McDowell Rd. are not connected at this time.”


The death investigation and possible hostage (barricaded subject) situations on McDowell Rd. are not connected at this time.

— Jackson Police Dept. (@JacksonMSPolice) September 22, 2016

UPDATE: 09/22/2016 7:01am Jackson Police say that they are now investigating the death of a woman who was found inside a home at 1007 West McDowell Road.

It is not known if the incident is related to the hostage situation.



UPDATE: 09/22/2016 6:12am  A media staging area has been established.  WJTV will provide live updates from the scene on WJTV 12 and via our Livestream at

Photo Credit: Google Maps
Photo Credit: Google Maps

Key Elementary School is located in the vicinity.

Original Story:

JACKSON, Mississippi (WJTV) – The Jackson Police Department is on the scene of a possible hostage situation on McDowell Road near Greenbriar Street in Jackson.

SWAT and Hostage negotiators are at the location.

WJTV has a crew at the scene.  We will provide more information as soon as it is available.

The JPD has said that it will advise the media as the situation develops:




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