Dominique Jackson, 30

Dominique Jackson, 30
Emergency Services employees who were helping with traffic control near a disabled vehicle spotted a body in an embankment Monday, the Oconee County coroner said. (Source: AP)

JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - Dominique Jackson, a black transgender woman, died Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, after being shot in the western part of the city, according to the American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi and the Human Rights Campaign.

Tweets from the Jackson Police Department indicate the shooting took place just after 9:30 p.m. on Rose Street near Grand Avenue, when the driver of a vehicle struck a utility pole.

Those tweets indicated the victim suffered from a gunshot wound and died at the scene.

Police identified the victim in tweets as Dedontae Jackson, an adult male, but that identification was wrong, according to multiple members of the city’s LGBT community and two non-profit organizations.

Spokesperson Sam Brown told WLBT police went by Jackson’s driver’s license, which did not reflect her current name.

Investigators have not confirmed that Jackson is a transgender woman publicly.

Police have not made any arrests nor determined a motive in the case, but have not found anything at this point that would indicate it was a hate crime.

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