Oxford police ID man killed in officer-involved shooting

Officer involved shooting under investigation in Oxford

OXFORD, Miss. (WMC) - The chief of Oxford Police Department gave details about what led to a deadly officer-involved shooting Monday night in Oxford, Mississippi.

Chief Jeff McCutchen released a video Tuesday afternoon identifying the man killed as 38-year-old Clay Tatum, of Lafayette County.

McCutchen says the incident began around 11:30 p.m. Monday with a traffic stop, but the driver, now identified as Tatum, wouldn’t stop. A chase began and the officer called for backup.

Oxford police chief gives details of deadly officer-involved shooting

At some point, McCutchen says, Tatum stopped his vehicle and entered a home. Officers followed him inside.

“A police K-9 was deployed in an attempt to apprehend him but the K-9 was unsuccessful,” said McCutchen.

McCutchen says Tatum pulled a gun and pointed it at the officers multiple times, refusing commands to drop the gun. Officers fired, hitting Tatum.

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McCutchen says the officers gave first aid and CPR until paramedics arrived, but Tatum died at the scene.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation was called in to take over the case. McCutchen says the officers were wearing activated body cameras and all video footage was turned over to MBI for the investigation.

The police chief offered his prayers to Tatum’s family as well as the officers involved. Their names have not been released.

No other information was released.

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