Investigators: Suspect shot officer, then himself

Investigators: Suspect shot officer, then himself

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A murder suspect shot a police detective who was interviewing him at police headquarters in Mississippi’s capital city, then shot himself, state authorities said Friday.

Police had previously not disclosed who fired the shot that killed the suspect, 23-year-old Jeremy Powell. Mississippi Bureau of Investigation spokesman Warren Strain said today that Powell shot Detective Eric Smith before killing himself.

The state agency took over the investigation from the Jackson Police Department.

The men died in a third-floor room Thursday where Smith was interrogating Powell after his arrest. Powell had been arrested in connection with the stabbing death earlier this week of a 20-year-old Jackson man.

Autopsies were to be performed Friday, said Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham-Stewart.

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