UPDATE: Moss Point chief says woman held gun to her head, then turned it on officers
Moss Point officers shot a woman after she turned a gun on police during a standoff on Tuesday evening.
Moss Point Chief Brandon Ashley said in a press release that officers were called to local convenience store on a report about a woman holding a gun to her head.
Initial reports indicate that officers found her standing outside her car near the gas pumps and when officers attempted to speak with her, she removed a gun from her purse placed a gun to her head and drove away while continuing to hold it to her head.
Officers followed her to Eastwood Drive, where she sat in her car holding the gun to her head before going into a residence.
She emerged from the house and began walking down the street, continuing to hold the gun to her head. Officers and residents of the area pleaded with her to put the gun down.
The woman continued walking on Eastwood Drive before turning onto Meadowood Drive and stopping in the roadway. She continued to hold the gun to her head as officers and residents continued to beg her to put the gun down.
The woman suddenly moved the gun away from her head and pointed it directly at officers, forcing them to fire on her, Ashley said.
The woman was taken to Singing River Hospital, where she underwent surgery for her injuries from which she’s expected to recover.
The officers have been placed on modified duty pending the investigation.
This incident is being investigated by the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation and the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office.
The Moss Point Police Department was assisted at the scene by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Pascagoula Police Department, Pascagoula Fire Department, FBI Safe Streets Task Force, and the South Mississippi Metro Enforcement Team.
Anyone with information regarding this case, is asked to contact the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations or Mississippi Coast Crime Stoppers at 877-787-5898 or www.mscoastcrimestoppers.com