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JPD Detective Was Shot 4 Times

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Jeremy Powell Jeremy Powell
JACKSON, MS -

     We are learning more about how a Jackson police detective shot to death inside the police headquarters building Thursday evening.

     The deadly shooting is being called a murder-suicide.

     It happened as Eric Smith was questioning a murder suspect.  

     Investigators believe that suspect, 23 year-old Jeremy Powell, managed to overpower Smith while he was in an interview room on the third floor of the building.

     He then took Smith's service revolver.

     The coroner tells us the officer was shot four times, twice in the chest and twice in the arm.

     Powell then turned the weapon on himself. He died from a single gunshot wound to his head, the coroner said.

     Moments later, they were both found dead by other officers who heard the shots.

     Powell had been picked up for questioning in the April 1st stabbing death of another man.  

     Mayor Harvey Johnson called for a moment of silence at noon Friday in memory of detective Smith.

     The mayor said grief counselors and local clergy were available to speak with and comfort officers struggling to deal with the tragic loss of their well-known colleague.  

     Flags outside police headquarters were lowered to half staff to honor Smith's 18 years of dedication and service to the city.

     The Mississippi Bureau of Investigations is leading the case to collect and examine evidence. Smith's funeral arrangements are pending.   

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