- Associated Press - Friday, January 25, 2019

COLUMBIA, Miss. (AP) - A group of five Mississippi police officers has left the force in a south Mississippi town under unexplained circumstances.

WDAM-TV reports Columbia’s mayor and aldermen fired the city’s assistant police chief, Rita Pickering, in a closed meeting earlier this month.

In that same meeting, the board accepted the resignations of three officers and terminated another officer, parting ways with five police officers total, effective immediately.

City officials say the three officers who resigned were investigator Justin Martin, Lt. David Ezell and patrolman Dylan Powell. They aren’t naming the other officer they fired.

Columbia Mayor Justin McKenzie, Police Chief Michael Kelly and city attorney Lawrence Hahn declined comment, saying they refuse to comment on city personnel matters as a matter of policy.


Information from: WDAM-TV, http://www.wdam.com

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