- Associated Press - Saturday, March 12, 2016

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) - Biloxi police say three officers are on administrative leave while the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation looks into a fatal shooting.

They were among officers who answered calls from drivers who saw a man with a gun Thursday on the Popp’s Ferry Bridge, Chief John Miller told the Sun-Herald (https://bit.ly/1U8FCuc). Gulfport police and the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office also responded.

Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove said 37-year-old Wesley Sheppard died on the bridge. He would not say how many times Sheppard was shot.

It was not clear whether Sheppard fired any shots, or how many shots police fired.

Sheppard’s body was at the state medical examiner’s office in Pearl for an autopsy, MBI spokesman Warren Strain said Friday. Strain also declined to say if Sheppard fired any shots.



“Until we are 100 percent sure of what went down, we won’t say anything,” he said. “The investigative interviews have to be conducted. The autopsy is pending. Until they determine the whole sequence of events, we will reserve comment.”

Miller said Gulfport police investigated the crime scene and the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation has taken over the investigation.

It’s the third shooting this month by Mississippi Gulf Coast police.

On Tuesday, D’Iberville police shot at an 18-year-old who pointed a pellet gun fashioned to look like a rifle at an officer. D’Iberville Police Chief Wayne Payne said the teen was attempting “suicide by cop.”

A week before, Gautier police answering a domestic violence call killed a man in a shootout after a two-hour standoff. The man had been on probation for a drug charge until 2012.

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