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Corinth police officer shot twice during scuffle

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Kevin Parker Jr. (Source: Facebook) Kevin Parker Jr. (Source: Facebook)
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CORINTH, MS (WMC) -

A Corinth, Mississippi, police officer is in the hospital after being shot twice with his own weapon during a scuffle with a possible prowler.

Corinth Police Chief Ralph Dance said Officer Kevin Parker Jr. was investigating the prowler call at a woman's home around 4 a.m. Wednesday.

Parker saw a man run out in front of his car. When he got out to investigate, the man rushed Parker and fought to get his gun.

During the fight, Parker said the suspect turned the gun directly at his chest and pulled the trigger twice. One shot hit his bulletproof vest; the other went clean through his shoulder.

It is now known that Officer Parker was able to shoot off at least one round. It is unclear if the suspect was hit.

Corinth Mayor Tommy Irwin said the bulletproof vest Officer Parker was wearing was new. The city spent about $20,000 to purchase the new vests, which the force received a few months ago.

"We purchased these vests from Officer Kevin Parker's father that works for Barney's Police Supply in Tupelo," Dance said. "He's actually the one who sold them to us. I credit those vests for saving this boy's life."

Despite being shot, Officer Parker did not let the man who shot him take his gun, which Dance suggested could help save someone else.

"Officer Parker never relinquished his weapon. He held onto it. I commend him for that. If this guy is willing to shoot a police officer, he might be willing to shoot anybody," Dance said. "We're going to be out there all day until we find this person."

A helicopter flew Parker to North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo for treatment.

Officer Parker's father said he is with his son in the hospital.

“He's recovering and should be OK." Kevin Parker Sr. said.

Tim Holloway was sitting across the street when law enforcement officers converged at a public housing complex less than a half mile from where the shooting happened.

Parker had responded to the housing complex after receiving a call about a prowler. They found nothing and returned a few hours later. That's when Parker said he saw the man run out of the woods and in front of his car.

"The suspect started walking toward him and he tells him to stop. At that time, the suspect picked up speed, he [Parker] drew his service weapon and said, 'You need to stop. You need to stop,'" said Chief Dance.

Corinth Police Department launched a massive manhunt for the suspect. 

Two men who were at the public housing complex were taken into custody for questioning. 

"U.S. Marshals, police, MBI, sheriff, detectives there," Holloway said. "Just a lot of people converged on the house. Then I heard someone screaming, 'What's going on? What's going on?' They laid him down on the ground out there and put him in cuffs and everything."

A woman on the scene told WMC Action News 5 the two men being questioned are her husband and son. She said they did not do anything wrong.

Chief Dance said the men are being questioned because they may have information about the shooting.

Parker is a relatively new officer with Corinth Police Department. According to the department's Facebook page, he graduated from Mississippi Delta Community College Law Enforcement Training Academy in Moorehead, Mississippi on March 26, 2015.

Meanwhile, the man who shot him is on the run. Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, Mississippi Highway Patrol, and Alcorn County Sheriff's Department are all helping in the search for the man who shot the officer.

Marshals are offering a $10,500 reward to find the suspect.

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