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Ridgeland officer shoots teen who police say shot uncle in hotel parking lot

Police say the “domestic situation” stemmed from an argument outside Drury Inn in Ridgeland.
Published: Jun. 2, 2021 at 11:16 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 3, 2021 at 1:19 PM CDT
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RIDGELAND, Miss. (WLBT) - Ridgeland police say a 16-year-old and his 38-year-old uncle are in stable condition after an altercation in a hotel parking lot Wednesday night.

Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is now handling what ultimately became an officer-involved shooting.

Ridgeland Police Department says it all started around 9 p.m. Wednesday when officers responded to Drury Inn about a suspected burglar walking around in the parking lot with a weapon.

As soon as police detained that individual, investigators say shots rang out in another area of the hotel lot.

As officers approached, they say a 16-year-old boy from Jackson shot his 38-year-old uncle, then tried to run from cops.

After several commands to comply, police say they shot the teen, but detectives say the boy and his uncle have non-life-threatening injuries.

After the incident, Wednesday, Police Chief John Neal urged parents to take better responsibility for caring for their children.

“Find your kids right now. If you don’t know where your kids are right now, go find them. Get their butts home and take their guns away from them. It’s been going on in Jackson and Hinds County too long, and these metro areas are not gonna allow it to spill over in our jurisdictions. Take care of your kids at home. Be parents. You birthed them. Take care of them.”

Because this is an officer-involved shooting, MBI will report the results of the shooting to the Madison County District Attorneys’ Office.

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