Officers shoot suspect while serving drug warrant in Southaven

SOUTHAVEN, MS (WMC) - Law enforcement officers shot a man in Southaven while officials were serving a warrant.

The shooting happened on Roseleigh Drive, not far from the intersection of Getwell Road and Church Road.

Southaven Police Department said the suspect was shot while Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics officials and SWAT team members served a warrant at the home.

When the officers approached the door, they found the man inside the house armed with an assault rifle.

The officers ordered him to put the rifle down on three different occasions, but he did not. Instead, he stood with the rifle in his hand and the officers opened fire.

"There has been a history in the past where he has been known to be armed," District Attorney General John Champion said.

Champion did not discuss what the drug offense was, but said he does not believe drugs were being trafficked from the home.

At this point, it's unclear which agency's officer fired the shot. Champion said the officer who opened fire was sent home, but does not believe further punishment will come.

"At this point, it looks like this shooting was absolutely justified," Champion said.

The suspect was airlifted to the hospital and went into surgery. Officials said the suspect has remained in critical condition since the surgery.

Worried neighbors spent part of the morning and afternoon unable to get in their homes as officers set up a crime scene on their street.

"It's always been a quiet neighborhood," Alton Cox said. "This is the first incident we've ever had."

"It's still kind of scary to be that close to your house," Heather Williams said.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation has been called in to help investigate.

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