Bank robbery suspect chased to Northpark
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 6:00 PM
RIDGELAND — A 16-year-old bank robbery suspect shot by Ridgeland Police Tuesday remains hospitalized with non life-threatening injuries at University of Mississippi Medical Center and officials aren’t releasing his identity, Chief John Neal said Wednesday.
The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation has been called in to investigate the officer-involved shooting.
Neal said during a press conference Tuesday that there are three current investigations ongoing with his department — internal, criminal, and officer-involved shooting.
Neal said there were over a dozen officers involved in the capture but wouldn’t release the number of officers who fired weapons during the chase.
Police originally received an initial report around 2 p.m. Tuesday of a black male suspect wearing a mask who entered the Bancorp South branch on Pear Orchard Road and demanded money.
According to Neal, the suspect left and drove down Pear Orchard, Wheatley and other residential side streets before making his way into the Greenbrook area west of Northpark mall.
The suspect is alleged to have driven through front yards trying to outmaneuver police.
He eventually exited the car and continued to try to flee on foot when officers discharged their weapons.
Neal would not say whether the suspect had a weapon or if he discharged a weapon, saying it was an active investigation.
The vehicle driven by the suspect had a Hinds County license plate but Neal said on Wednesday they weren’t releasing that information just yet.
The officers who were involved in the shooting have been placed on paid administrative leave and information will be given to the Madison County District Attorney’s Office to submit to a grand jury, Neal said.
As far as the suspect, Neal said he will be charged with bank robbery and hopes the DA’s office will charge him as an adult.