Standoff ends: Suspect dies from injuries

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A suspect is dead after an hour-long standoff with authorities in Pelahatchie. WJTV 12’s Gerald Harris bring us the latest from the scene.

Rankin County Coroner David Ruth identified the suspect as 31-year-old Pierre Woods.

Now, this area remains very active as authorities comb through evidence to piece together what happened here.

The Pelahatchie Police Chief says the call came in just after 10 a.m. of shots fired. When officers arrived on the scene, the suspect allegedly opened fire on police.

That brought out the SWAT Team and led to the standoff that lasted over an hour.

And in an attempt to apprehend the suspect, tear gas was deployed and authorities say the suspect pointed and shot at police.

That’s when the suspect was shot, then treated before being transported.

Mayor Ryshonda Harper Beechem is calling on residents to let the facts work themselves out.

“It’s best to let the cooler heads prevail until all the facts  are in at this time , we ask that you please respect  the privacy of the family and all the parties that are involved and this is an ongoing investigation my thoughts and prayers — are with the family as well as the police officers .”

Family members say the suspect suffered from some mental illness and may have been upset over the anniversary of his mother’s death.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is handling the case.

The names of the officers in the shooting have not been released per standard protocol in an officer-involved shooting.


Rankin County Coroner David Ruth says the man who held authorities at bay in Pelahatchie has died.

Pierre Woods was the suspect in the case. Sheriff Bryan Bailey says they did everything they possibly could to bring the situation to a peaceful ending. At one point, deputies discharged tear gas. But when Woods came to the door of the house he pointed his weapon at authorities and Bailey says they were forced to defend themselves.

Woods was transported to a nearby hospital where died as a result of his injuries.

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