GULFPORT, Miss. (WLOX) – The Gulfport Police Department is sharing more about the officer-involved shooting that killed a 15-year-old.
Online threats against an officer are also coming to light.
As state authorities continue the investigation, community members are demanding more answers.
It’s been almost a week since the fatal shooting of Jaheim McMillan. The teenager was shot in the parking lot of a Family Dollar store.
In a press conference, Police Chief Adam Cooper spoke to the public about the moments leading up to the fatal incident.
“One of the officers observed McMillan, who was armed. The officer ordered McMillan to stop and drop his weapon. McMillan did not comply. McMillan turned his body and weapon toward the officer. The officer fired at McMillan,” Cooper said.
McMillan was later taken off life support at a mobile hospital.
Chief Cooper requested the MBI take over the entire investigation from the aggravated assault charges to the officer-involved shooting.
This includes evidence, radio/traffic 911 calls, dispatch, dashboard and body cam footage.
Cooper also addressed threats made to an officer wrongfully accused of shooting McMillan.
“He has nothing to do with this. In fact, he was out of state when this happened,” Cooper said.
“We are calling on our Commissioner of Public Safety for the State of Mississippi to release the video in a timely manner so that it can bring some closure to the investigative situation,” said State Representative Jeffrey Hulum III.
As protesters gather in front of the Gulfport Police Department, Hulum calls for peace as the community remains shaken by the teenager’s death.
“At the end of the day, we want to make sure that this family gets the answers and law enforcement gets the answers out to the public so we can move forward and try to rebuild from this tragedy because tragedies like this could add more to hearts and minds, not just to the public trust, but to the people,” Hulum said.
WLOX News learned that family and friends of McMillan held a meeting with representatives of the NAACP. We were not allowed to attend the meeting or receive details at this time.
“This is a very tragic and horrible situation that should never have happened. But it’s here on our doorstep and we have to deal with it,” Hulum said.
Gulfport’s police chief addresses officer threats and the investigation into last week’s fatal officer-involved shooting.
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