Police searching for suspect in shooting of Biloxi officer


Gulfport Police are leading an investigation into the shooting death of a Biloxi Police officer on Sunday night.

About 10:15 p.m., the suspect approached an officer in the parking lot of the Biloxi Public Safety Center, where the Biloxi Police Department Headquarters are located.

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According to reports, the suspect, a black man wearing a black shirt, blue shorts and a red beanie hat, opened fire on the officer, who was on duty. He shot the officer multiple times.

The officer, who has not been identified, was taken to Merit Health in Biloxi, where he died from his wounds.

The suspect, who is between 5-foot-7 and 5-foot-11, was last seen traveling north on foot up Porter Avenue. There is no word on a possible motive.

Family members of the officer have been notified and are mourning the officer’s death, as is the department.

As is customary in cases of an officer-involved shooting, an outside agency is in charge of the investigation. Gulfport Police are taking the lead, with the help of Harrison County Sheriff’s Department. Other agencies are assisting in the search for the suspect as well.

About 7:30 a.m., Gulfport Police cars surrounded a house on Popp’s Ferry Road near Sunkist County Club Drive, but officials would not say why. Yellow crime scene tape surrounded the house and the intersection was blocked off.

Officers were on scene less than an hour before the tape was pulled down and officers left the scene.

A press conference is scheduled for 9 a.m. More information is expected to be released at that time.

WXXV is on scene and will update this story as more information becomes available.