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Tupelo mayor speaks out on Shumpert shooting death

TUPELO, MISS– An official report of what led to the police-involved shooting death of Antwun “Ronnie” Shumpert of Tupelo was released Wednesday by Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton. 

Initial reports stated Shumpert was killed by police after running from a traffic stop. Attorney Carlos Moore said Shumpert was attacked by the K-9 dog before being shot four times.

Mayor Shelton stated at a press conference Wednesday that the initial details were found to be incorrect by the investigation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation.

“The suspect, at this point, has resisted arrest eight times in 10 minutes, this time being the most violent,” said Shelton. “Officer Cook started to worry that his own weapon would be used against him.”

After Shumpert and Officer Cook fought over a 20 foot radius, Mayor Shelton said Cook felt the need to discharge his weapon in order to protect himself.

The Shumpert family has filed a $35 million lawsuit. You can read about that here.

Here is the full press conference from Wednesday afternoon courtesy:


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