Police shoot teen accused of shooting uncle


RIDGELAND — A juvenile who allegedly shot his uncle in a hotel parking here last week and was shot by police as he fled remains hospitalized.

Ridgeland Police Chief John Neal said they are waiting to see if any charges will be brought against the 16-year-old suspect in an investigation being led by the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation.

An argument police heard break out in the hotel parking lot while they were on another call escalated into an officer shooting the teenager who fled after allegedly shooting his uncle.

As police were finishing up a drug arrest at the Drury Inn, 610 E. County Line, last Wednesday night after 9 p.m., a disturbance broke out in the southwest corner of the parking lot.

As officers approached the argument, a gun was fired, Neal said.

The 16-year-old juvenile who allegedly fired the gun fled, an officer gave a command to stop and when the teen did not the officer discharged his firearm, Neal said.

“Both victims were transported to a local hospital and remain there in stable condition with non-life-threatening injuries,” Neal said.

Neal said available information was limited so the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation could conduct its investigation.

Police initially responded to the hotel at about 9:15 p.m. in relation to a man with a weapon walking through the parking lot looking into vehicles.

The man, Raheem D. Harris, 25, of Jackson was found to be in possession of a controlled substance and a firearm.

“No firearms were discharged on this initial call for service,” Neal said.

Neal said that no other arrests had been made as of Thursday afternoon.

The results of the shooting investigation will be reported to the Madison County District Attorney.

“Don’t bring crime to our city and think you can get away with it.” Neal told WLBT last week.

“My number one goal as Chief of Police here is I’ve got to protect our residents, our businesses from crime from anywhere. Just so happens on this particular night the violators that were involved in this incident down at the Drury Inn they were from Jackson.”

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