Slain deputy identified, suspect captured
MENDENHALL, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi law enforcement arrested an escaped inmate in connection with the shooting death of a 77-year-old Simpson County sheriff’s deputy.
The Jones County Sheriff’s Department in a social media post identified the slain deputy as James Blair. Blair was continuing to work to provide for six great-grandchildren he and his wife were raising, the post said.
Law enforcement arrested Joaquin Stevens Blackwell, an escaped inmate believed to be involved in the shooting.
The shooting happened at a mental health center in Mendenhall.
Dave Van, the executive director of Regions 8 Health, told a news outlet that Blackwell was in the custody of the sheriff’s department when he was brought to Regions 8 Health for an evaluation. Family members had been concerned about his mental health.
Van told the station that, after the evaluation, the suspect grabbed the deputy’s gun while getting in the car. Then he shot the deputy and left the scene, Van said.
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
Dozens attend vigil for Allie Rice on LSU campus; police hold walk...
Woman's car damaged thanks to gas pump mix-up; insurance company steps up...
Louisiana sends aid to Florida after Hurricane Ian disaster
After questionable decisions from judges, expert says holding them accountable could take...
Fugitive shot to death after search led federal marshals to EBR neighborhood
Fans' Choice Player of the Week 4: Central's Glen Cage
Plaquemine's Jayden Rogers leading the Green Devils through music
Southeastern knocks off #4 Incarnate Word on Eli Sawyer game winning touchdown...
McKinley High's homecoming football game canceled after bench-clearing brawl broke out between...
LSU Baseball team volunteers with Baton Rouge's Miracle League