- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 18, 2017

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A man police say was driving a pickup that killed three people faces second-degree murder charges.

Jackson police announced Tuesday that they had arrested Tony Harper, 24, on three counts following the Saturday wreck in western Jackson.

It’s unclear if Harper has a lawyer to speak for him.

Police say Harper was fleeing a roadblock by Hinds County sheriff’s deputies when he hit a Pontiac sedan, killing 34-year-old Virgil Kyles, 43-year-old Rose Coleman and 47-year-old Carolyn Conerly.

Jackson police initially said a deputy was chasing Harper, but Hinds County Sheriff Victor Mason has declined to confirm that, saying only that he’s investigating. Mason told local media Sunday that people shouldn’t “rush to judgment.”

Family members of the dead people have questioned whether police pursuit was prudent on the busy road.

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