U.S. Marshals capture three people after police chase, crash in Jackson

Published: Mar. 21, 2023 at 8:47 AM CDT
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JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - The U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force has arrested three people following a vehicle pursuit Tuesday morning.

According to Deputy Commander Carlos Cosby, Marshals arrived to the home of 46-year-old Katina Leonard around 7 a.m. with an arrest warrant for her connection to an aggravated assault with a weapon case dating back to 2022.

When Leonard saw the vehicles outside her home, she got in her vehicle, fled the scene, and headed towards Northside Drive.

After a brief five minute pursuit, Leonard attempted to turn around but crashed into U.S. Marshal vehicles near the intersection of Northside Drive and Bailey Avenue just before 8 a.m.

Leonard was arrested at the scene, as well as two unidentified male suspects in the vehicle.

Officials found two guns in the wrecked vehicle, and discovered one of the male suspects was wearing body armor.

“You know it’s kind of odd to find three people with two guns and body armor,” said Crosby. “They just said they were out riding, but at 7 in the morning with all that, it makes you wonder what they were going to do. Hopefully we were able to stop someone from getting hurt in the area.”

Cosby was unable to confirm their identities to 3 On Your Side, but did confirm both possess criminal backgrounds.

All three individuals were treated for any potential injuries, but Cosby says nobody was hurt as a result of this incident.

“Well, any day we can do it without getting anyone hurt or injured is a great day for us,” said Cosby. “With the task force, we’re tasked with getting violent fugitives off the streets of Jackson and we work with our partners with JPD and Hinds County, and our other law enforcement partners in the area to try to get these violent criminals off the streets to make it a safer area in Jackson and the Metro.”

Cosby says due to this being an ongoing investigation involving multiple agencies such as the Jackson Police Department and the Hinds County Sheriff’s Office, the two male identities as well as any other findings will not be released until the case is closed.

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