The man who was accused of leading authorities on a pursuit last night has been identified. According to Stone County Coroner Wayne Flurry, Miles Dylan Cooper of Gulfport was killed after being shot by law enforcement.
Law enforcement is still investigating a pursuit that led authorities across Harrison and Stone counties, ending in a shootout between law enforcement and suspects in Stone County.
According to Chase Elkins with the Mississippi Highway Patrol, the pursuit started at the intersection of Highway 605 and Highway 67. A highway patrolman attempted a routine traffic stop of the SUV, however, the suspects sped off, leading authorities on a pursuit, firing shots at the law enforcement involved in the chase.
The over 25 mile chase ended in Stone County when the suspects were heading north on Highway 15, lost control of their vehicle, flipping into the ditch.
Following the crash, additional shots were fired at troopers who returned fire, injuring two of the suspects and killing Cooper.
Andres Mari, owner of the Ramsey Springs General Store in Perkinston, was right in the middle of the pursuit. “There was some shooting, which is only probably about a mile down the road, and all the cops were coming. I saw some cops that were sporadic, some were right close to each other going a very high speed.”
At first, Mari was not surprised, as hearing gun shots is normal in the area. “There’s a lot of hunting around here so usually you hear one gunshot here, one gunshot there, but you don’t hear one gunshot right after another, that’s what was the difference.”
Due to this being an officer-involved shooting, the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation has launched an investigation.