Moss Point officer facing internal discipline for failure to turn on body cam audio

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The Moss Point police officer recently cleared of criminal wrongdoing in a fatal shooting is facing internal discipline for failing to turn on his body camera audio.

Moss Point Police Chief Brandon Ashley says Sgt. Lancen Shipman violated policy when he didn’t turn his camera’s audio on until after he fatally shot 27-year-old suspect Toussaint Diamon Sims.

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Chief Ashley says Shipman thought he’d hit the button, but hadn’t.

Sims was fleeing officers pursuing him on multiple felony charges in August. Police officers and Shipman’s attorney have maintained Sims was armed and threatening officers.

Chief Ashley says a first-offense policy violation typically results in a citation in the officer’s file. The official penalty is pending.

Shipman remains out on paid administrative leave.

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