Jackson County searching for suspect who escaped while at hospital


Aceon Ja’shun Hopkins

A shooting suspect who was being treated at Singing River Hospital escaped custody on Friday morning.

Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell said Aceon Ja’shun Hopkins, 20, was being treated for a gunshot wound that happened two weeks ago when he eluded officers.

The incident ocurred about 6:15 a.m. Friday.

Hopkins was in the hospital after being shot two weeks ago in Moss Point. The shooting is under investigation by Moss Point Police.

Sheriff Mike Ezell says Hopkins told a deputy Friday morning he had to use the restroom and somehow escaped.  Surveillance video from a nearby hotel in Pascagoula shows Hopkins changing out of his hospital gown into a black hoodie with a fleur de lis blanket wrapped around his waist. The sheriff says he got the clothes from an unlocked car in the hotel parking lot.

The sheriff says after Hopkins was shot, Meridian Police notified the sheriff’s department that he is a suspect in two murders in that city.  Meridian also has 13 warrants on Hopkins for various charges. The sheriff says Hopkins is also wanted in Gulfport on drug charges.

There will be an internal investigation how Hopkins escaped.

Local law enforcement is assisting in the search for Hopkins. He is 6-foot-2 and weighs 185 pounds. Hopkins is considered dangerous.

If anyone sees him, please call the department at 228-769-3063 or Crime Stoppers at 877-787-5898

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