JPD investigating officer-involved shooting; 1 injured

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) — Authorities are investigating an officer-involved shooting in Jackson.

Jackson Police said the incident took place on Meadowlane Drive near Woody Drive.

Chief Lee Vance said officers were in the area conducting a checkpoint around 9:34 a.m. He said a red Camero with paper tags pulled up.

Michael Handford (Photo: JPD)

Officers asked the driver, Michael Handford, about the tags. He was the only person inside the car.

Chief Vance said Hanford put the car in reverse and tried to take off. He said when the suspect put the car in drive, he drove towards an officer.

Witnesses said the officer fired shots at the car in self-defense.

One bullet hit the driver. Chief Vance said Handford drove himself to the hospital.

Officers were able to determine that the car Hanford was driving was reported stolen out of Copiah County.

No officers were injured during this incident.

JPD said two investigations are being conducted at this time: a criminal investigation and an investigation from the Internal Affairs Divison. Chief Vance said the officer involved had been placed on administrative leave as standard protocol.

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