A suspect is dead and a deputy wounded after a multi-county chase ended in gunfire on Highway 82 East.
According to Mississippi Bureau of Investigation Communication Director Warren Strain, the incident began near Mathiston when the Webster County Sheriff’s Department attempted to pull over a white Hyundai SUV at about 10:07 a.m. It fled the traffic stop, racing through Webster into Oktibbeha County and eventually into Lowndes.
Strain said spike strips were deployed in Columbus, but the suspect evaded them. He said the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Department deployed a second set at the Highway 82/Highway 50 exit, which disabled the SUV.
It eventually stopped on the bridge over Mill Road, where Strain said the suspect exited the vehicle brandishing two handguns and opened fire. He hit one Lowndes County deputy, who the Packet has independently learned is Kevin Forrester, in the leg before being shot and killed by officers. Forrester was raced to Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle in a sheriff’s department SUV, where he remains in stable condition.
“Our crime scene unit and reconstructionist are on scene now,” Strain said. “The investigation is ongoing.”
The victim, identified as Pryor Spencer Bailey IV, 45, of 43 Yellowjacket Drive in Starkville, will be taken to the medical examiner’s office in Pearl for an autopsy, Strain said. Only one victim was in the vehicle.
Strain said Webster County deputies attempted to pull him over after receiving a 911 call about a possible DUI.
As of 1:30 p.m. Monday the eastbound lanes of Highway 82 were blocked at the Highway 50 exit. Strain did not know when the highway will be open again.