Mississippi authorities are on a manhunt for a suspect who fatally shot a sheriff’s deputy after grabbing the cop’s gun while he was taken into custody.
The Hinds County Sheriff’s Office said in a
The Jones County Sheriff’s Department identified the deputy as being James Blair, 77, in a
Joaquin Steven Blackwell, 22 (pictured), of Magee, Mississippi, is ‘armed and dangerous’ after having fatally shot a Simpson County Deputy Friday night
The Jones County Sheriff’s Department identified the slain deputy as being James Blair
Regions 8 Health executive director Dave Van told
While the deputy was taking Blackwell into custody after the evaluation, he allegedly grabbed the deputy’s gun while he was escorted back to the patrol car.
Blackwell then supposedly shot the deputy and escaped into the woods.
The deputy was airlifted to the hospital, where he died.
It’s unclear why Blackwell had been taken into custody and how long he had been at the mental health facility or in custody.
Van said that Blackwell had been at the mental health facility for an involuntary psychiatric evaluation, however.
Blackwell was last seen wearing just white boxer shorts.
He is described as a black male, standing five feet eight inches tall and weighing 175 pounds. He has brown eyes and black hair.
Authorities had set up a search perimeter in the area of Highway 13 and Highway 49 near Mendenhall while searching for Blackwell.
One of Blair’s neighbors told
Blair had worked in law enforcement his whole life, doing stints as a paramedic and a school resource officer.
Anyone with information about Blackwell’s location is asked to contact Simpson Sheriff Office, the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation at 855-642-5378 or Crime Stoppers at 601-355-TIPS (8477)..