Officer shoots alleged 16-year-old bank robber in Ridgeland

RIDGELAND, Miss. (WJTV) — A Ridgeland Police officer shot an alleged bank robber, authorities said.

According to Warren Strain, Communication Director for the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, the robbery happened at the Bancorp South on Pear Orchard Road.

Strain said it happened at 2 p.m.

Ridgeland Police said a 16-year-old came inside the bank armed and made it out with an undisclosed amount of money.

We’re told that officers chased him into the Great Brook area and set up a perimeter. They said he started driving over yards and almost hit police cars.

The alleged robber then got out of the car; when officers tried to arrest him, he did not stop and continued to try to run. Officers then fired shots.

Authorities said there were multiple officers involved in the incident. It’s still unclear at this time how man officers discharged their weapons.

Crime scene technicians of the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation and the Mississippi Highway Patrol’s Criminal Reconstruction Unit are investigating the officer-involved shooting.

The suspect was injured and taken to a local hospital for treatment. We’re told the teen’s injuries are non-life threatening.

This is an ongoing investigation.

 

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