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Slain Officer Identified as Det. Eric Smith

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Jackson Police Chief Rebecca Coleman, Detective Eric Smith, Assistant Chief Lee Vance Jackson Police Chief Rebecca Coleman, Detective Eric Smith, Assistant Chief Lee Vance
JACKSON, MS -

Jackson city officials say the police officer gunned down by a murder suspect inside the city police station was Detective Eric Smith.

Police Chief Rebecca Coleman says the suspect had been arrested and was being interviewed on the third floor when the shooting happened. Officers rushed to the room when they heard shots fired, and found Smith and the suspect dead. Both were shot.

According to the Officer Down Memorial Page, the suspect attacked the detective, disarmed him, and fatally shot him with his own weapon before the suspect turned the gun on himself.  

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