Victim in officer-involved shooting died from a single gunshot to the head

Victim in officer-involved shooting died from a single gunshot to the head
Gulfport Police Department confirmed that the man in the Gulfport officer-involved shooting drove towards the officer, causing him to discharge his weapon. This fired shot killed the victim in his vehicle at the scene. (Source: WLOX)

GULFPORT, Miss. (WLOX) - The man killed Saturday in an officer-involved shooting in Gulfport died from a single gunshot wound to the head, according to Harrison County Coroner Brian Switzer.

The shooting happened in the 200 block of 25th Street early Saturday. Police received multiple 911 phone calls from a residence in the area.

The Gulfport Police Department said on Monday that the responding officer was walking toward the home when the victim’s vehicle started driving toward him, leading the officer to fire his weapon. That shot killed 53-year-old Leonard Parker Jr. of Covington, Georgia in his vehicle.

Leonard Parker Jr.'s body has been sent to Jackson for an autopsy. The officer who was involved in the shooting has been placed on non-enforcement duties.

The investigation will continue in the hands of the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations and the Biloxi Police Department.

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