JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Jackson police are investigating two incidents that occurred at separate locations, but are believed to be connected.
The first incident was a vehicle theft in the 300 block of Elms Court Circle. The second is the burglary of a residence that happened in the 1500 block of Wingfield Drive just after 1:00 p.m.
Officers originally received the call of a stolen vehicle from a residence on Elms Court Circle. Witnesses told police that two unknown black men took the vehicle, which had a two-year-old child inside.
Sergeant Roderick Holmes with JPD said the officers were in the right place at the right time.
As officers were searching for the stolen vehicle, a second call came in from a homeowner on Wingfield Drive. The stolen vehicle was found abandoned in the area, with the child inside unharmed.
When officers arrived at the burglary location they saw two black men exiting the rear of the home.
At least one of the suspects pulled out a handgun and fired shots. Officers returned fire, striking one of the suspects.
Both suspects were later taken into custody and appeared to match the description of the suspects that took the vehicle. A firearm was also recovered at the scene.
Donald Smith, who lives in the area, said he was caught in the middle of the crossfire while he was cleaning out his bus.
“I am just thankful I got in the bus when I did," he said. “I don’t want to be caught in a crossfire, and it just so happened the good Lord gave me two extra steps and I took them.”
Smith said he has lived in this neighborhood for over 20 years and has never seen anything like this before.
An 18-year-old suspect was taken to a local hospital with multiple injuries and was last listed in serious but stable condition. No other injuries were reported.
The 15-year-old suspect was transported to police headquarters.
Both suspects are facing multiple pending charges.
This is an ongoing investigation.