Police Station Shooting Kills Mississippi Detective

Suspect he was interviewing dead as well

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 5, 2013 2:01 AM CDT | Updated Apr 5, 2013 2:30 AM CDT

(Newser) – A murder suspect and the detective who was questioning him were both found dead at police headquarters in Jackson, Mississippi. As detective Eric Smith, 40, interviewed Jeremy Powell, 23, other officers heard gunshots. They entered the room to find the men dead, CNN reports. Police haven't offered a sequence of events in the shooting, the AP notes, though both men suffered multiple gunshot wounds. Powell was being questioned in the process of being arrested in the murder of Christopher Alexander, 20, who was stabbed in the neck.

Smith had begun homicide work fairly recently, said a city councilman, who noted that "there may have been more than one police officer in the room." The effects of the shooting rippled through Jackson, with police cars parked across major streets and officers comforting each other, the AP notes. "The entire city of Jackson and the Jackson Police Department family are all hurting," said a police spokesman.

Jackson, Miss. Assistant Chief Lee Vance, center left, comforts Chief Rebecca Coleman, center right, Thursday, April, 4, 2013, after detective Eric Smith was shot and killed.
Jackson, Miss. Assistant Chief Lee Vance, center left, comforts Chief Rebecca Coleman, center right, Thursday, April, 4, 2013, after detective Eric Smith was shot and killed.   (AP Photo/The Clarion-Ledger, Greg Jenson)
In this 2008 image provided by the Jackson, Miss. Police, Detective Eric Smith, center, accepts the Certificate of Commendation on behalf of another detective in Jackson, Miss.
In this 2008 image provided by the Jackson, Miss. Police, Detective Eric Smith, center, accepts the Certificate of Commendation on behalf of another detective in Jackson, Miss.   (AP Photo/Jackson Police)
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