DeSoto County DA, John Champion, Says Police May Have Been At Wrong Address When Man Was Shot

HERNANDO, Miss (localmemphis.com) - A Southaven police officer, who shot and killed a man, may have been at the wrong house.

The shooting happened around 11:30 Sunday night in the 5800 block of Surrey in the DeSoto Woods subdivision.

The coroner confirms 41-year-old Ismael Lopez Rodriquez was killed when an officer fired through the door.

District Attorney John Champion held a news conference late Monday afternoon.


Champion said this case is in the early stages of the investigation. So keep that in mind.

According to Champion Here's what happened.

A law enforcement agency requested that Southaven police go to a house in DeSoto Woods.

Champion won't give details, but from what neighbors say it was a domestic situation they were checking out.

Two officers got to the house, and the front door was cracked open.

A pit bull ran out toward one of the officers, and the officer shot the dog. The dog is being treated at a local vet.

John Champion said, "They also noticed at the time that a gun was pointed outside of the residence. At this point, the officers began hollering put the gun down, put the gun down, put the gun down! At which point that did not occur, and there were more than one shot was fired toward the door, and there was a subject a male subject inside of the residence that was killed as a result of this gunfire."

Champion says a gun was recovered from the house.  And says there were no warrants against the man who was killed.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigations or MBI is leading the investigation. 

 

 


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