- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 6, 2014

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Jackson police say a 25-year-old man died Monday after a Hinds County deputy punched him at a basketball game Sunday morning in Jackson.

Justin Griffin died Monday afternoon after a fight with an unnamed deputy who had been a referee for a game at the Mississippi Basketball and Athletics gym, said Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham-Stewart. Stewart said Griffin died at the University of Mississippi Medical Center from blunt-force trauma to the head.

Jackson Police Department spokeswoman Colendula Green tells WLBT-TV in Jackson (https://bit.ly/1mxLi1n) Joshua Adams, 37, has been charged with murder.

Assistant Jackson Police Chief Lee Vance said an apparent altercation started during a basketball game as a coach argued over play calls.

Vance said at some point during the game, Griffin got into a dispute with a referee, who was also a Hinds County deputy. As the dispute escalated, a second deputy in uniform, working security for the facility, got involved as well.

Vance said both deputies were off duty from the sheriff’s department.

That altercation started inside, then continued into the parking lot outside the facility.

The sheriff’s department says Adams has been suspended pending an internal investigation.

It was unclear whether Adams has an attorney.


Information from: WLBT-TV, https://www.wlbt.com

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