Jackson man arrested for shooting FBI agent in custody

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JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – The man who was wanted for allegedly shooting an FBI agent in Jackson was taken into custody.

According to Brett Car, the public affairs officer for the FBI, Demario Lamar Cotton was taken into custody without incident by FBI Special Agents Wednesday morning in Jackson.

“Wednesday morning at approximately 10:40 a.m., FBI Special Agents and Task Force Officers took Demario Lamar Cotton into custody without incident in Jackson, ending an intense manhunt,” said FBI Jackson Special Agent in Charge Michelle Sutphin. “Cotton was wanted for assault on an FBI Special Agent by use of a deadly weapon.” 

“At the FBI, our most valuable asset is our people. Violence of any type directed at law enforcement will be not be tolerated and all resources will be focused on bringing those individuals to justice. Numerous agencies rallied behind the FBI and Jackson Police Department to ensure the safety of the community by getting this individual off the streets. The partnerships between local, state and federal agencies play an essential role in combatting crime in Mississippi every day. The FBI and our partners on our Violent Crime Task Force will continue the fight against violent crime in and around the Jackson area and throughout the communities we serve,” said Sutphin.

Cotton allegedly shot an agent Saturday night. According to the FBI, Cotton was charged in a two-count criminal complaint filed last week in United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, and a federal arrest warrant was issued by a United States Magistrate Judge.

According to Jackson Police Officer Sam Brown, a traffic stop was being conducted in the area of Oaklawn and El Paso Street around 11:00 p.m. when Cotton opened fire on officers, hitting an FBI agent and fled the scene.

The agent was taken to the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) where he is reportedly in stable condition.

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