JEFFERSON COUNTY, Miss. (WJTV) – An off-duty state trooper was shot and killed early Friday morning while working as a highway contract driver for Blackwell Hauling, Inc.

Adams County Coroner James Lee said Lt. Troy Morris, 58, was shot and killed near the Adams-Jefferson County line around 4:30 a.m. The coroner said it appeared Morris was changing a flat tire when he was shot.

Morris, who was from Natchez, was a 27-year veteran and Lieutenant with the Mississippi Highway Patrol. The body of Lt. Morris was escorted to the Mississippi Crime Lab.

Lt. Troy Morris

“This is a sad day for law enforcement, the Mississippi Highway Patrol, and the State of Mississippi. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Lieutenant Troy Morris. Local, state, and federal agents will work tirelessly to ensure justice,” said Commissioner Sean Tindell.

“We are deeply saddened at the loss of Lieutenant Troy Morris,” said Colonel Randy Ginn, Director of MHP. “He was a good man, friend, and a valuable member of this agency. He will truly be missed by the Mississippi Highway Patrol. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

The US Postal Service and Mississippi Crime Stoppers are offering a $105,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of any person or suspects. The Mississippi State Troopers Association added an additional $3,000 to the reward, bringing the total to $108,000.

US Postal Service Tip Line 1-877-876-2455
MS Crime Stoppers 1-888- 827-4637

Mississippi leaders and law enforcement agencies have offered their condolences to Lt. Morris’ family.

Haley and I are praying for the family and friends of the state trooper who tragically died this morning. I’m confident in our justice system to bring the killer to face the consequences of the crime.

Congressman Michael Guest, R-Miss.

PLEASE PRAY for this Trooper’s family, #LawEnforcement looking for killer(s) & all Mississippians to remain safe.

U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst

Video Courtesy: The Natchez Democrat