Murder Suspect Kills Detective At Police HQ, Then Himself

JACKSON, Miss. (April 5, 2013)—A murder suspect shot and killed a Jackson, Miss., police detective and then killed himself at police headquarters, Mississippi state police said Friday.

Mississippi Bureau of Investigation spokesman Warren Strain said Friday that Jeremy Powell shot Detective Eric Smith before killing himself.

It was the first official description of how the men died.

The weapon Powell used was the detective's, authorities said Friday.

The state agency took over the investigation from the Jackson Police Department.

The men died in a third-floor room Thursday where Smith was interrogating Powell.

Powell was arrested in the stabbing death of a 20-year-old Jackson man.

Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham-Stewart says she would perform autopsies on Friday.


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