Interim Chief: Investigation ongoing into officer-involved shooting

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JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) — The Jackson Police Department says the investigation into a deadly officer-involved shooting is still underway.

JPD Interim Chief Anthony Moore held a news conference Tuesday about Saturday’s shooting.

Authorities said 21-year-old Crystalline Barnes died from her injuries. 

Moore said the two officers involved are still on administrative leave pending the investigation. Currently, a criminal and an internal investigation are underway to determine if the officers involved were in violation. 

Officers were conducting a traffic stop around 7:30 a.m. on Fernwood Drive after they received reports that the driver had forced another driver off the road. After authorities stopped Barnes vehicle, they said the car drove off. The suspect vehicle u-turned to evade a responding unit. They said it later stopped and began driving in reverse toward that officer who had just the patrol vehicle.  JPD said the officer discharged their weapon into the vehicle before safely jumping out of its path. The suspect ‘s vehicle allegedly hit a patrol vehicle. 

JPD said suspect’s vehicle drove forward again towards the initial officer who also discharged their weapon into the vehicle. The suspect vehicle hit a nearby utility pole just off the roadway.  

Further investigation determined that the driver died in the incident. 

 Moore said he had spoken with Barnes’ mother about the incident. He said the loss of life saddens him.

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