Suspect dead after officer-involved shooting in Florence


FLORENCE, Miss. (WJTV) – The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is investigating an officer-involved shooting out of Rankin County.

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey tells 12 News the shooting happened along Highway 49 in Florence Saturday afternoon.

The incident first started when a deputy was called out about an unauthorized use of a vehicle.

When the deputy arrived at the location, they learned the suspect in the vehicle, a male, had an auto-theft warrant out of Hinds County.

As the deputy tried to speak with him about the warrant, he hopped in the vehicle and sped away, starting a chase.

Bailey said the suspect started driving northbound on Hwy 49, then turned south.

Deputies put spikes on the road to stop the suspect, but it didn’t slow him down. This time Bailey says the suspect began traveling northbound in the southbound lanes, endangering the lives of officers and citizens.

The suspect then turned on Eagle Post Road and that’s when deputies opened fire at the vehicle.

The suspect was pronounced dead on the scene.

No deputies were injured in the chase or shooting, but several vehicles were damaged.

Rankin County Coroner confirms 47-year-old Shawn Fondren of Florence was killed in the officer-involved shooting.

Stay with 12 News as we follow this developing story.

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