Mississippi Officer Shot In Head After Gunman Pulls Up To Traffic Stop
Coldwater, MS - A Coldwater police officer was shot in the head Saturday after an armed suspect pulled up to his traffic stop.
The incident started after the officer initiated a traffic stop on Highway 306 near Highway 51, according to WLBT.
While the officer was on the stop, a green pickup stopped at the scene. The pickup and it's occupant had no relation to the initial stopped vehicle.
That's when the driver of the pickup got out of his truck with a knife in his hand, and the officer ordered him to drop it.
Instead of dropping the knife, the suspect returned to his vehicle and retrieved a shotgun. The district attorney says that the officer moved to get the stopped vehicle out of the line of fire, according to WMC.
"He moved to the right and I’m of the opinion, and we’ll know more when we talk to him, that the reason he did this was to get those two people out of potential line of fire. And there was fire and they were not hurt,” District Attorney John Champion said.
The officer and suspect exchanged gunfire and the officer was struck in the head. The suspect was also hit twice.
After being shot, the suspect got back into his car and tried to drive down the road before crashing a quarter of a mile away.
After he crashed, the suspect was transported to the hospital where he is being treated. He is expected to survive.
The officer's wounds were minor and he has been released from the hospital.
There is no known motive for the attack.
"There really is no routine stop and you have to watch your surroundings, and this the perfect example, it speaks to that,” Coldwater Police Chief Undra Todd said, according to WMC.