UPDATE 10/30/2017: The suspect who was killed has been identified by the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation as Eric Higgs, 46, of Martin, Tennessee.
Higgs was wanted for the murder of his wife. Investigators say Higgs had been on the run for five days and even made stops in Texas before returning to the area.
He was on the run from police when he crashed his car into a semi on I-55 outside of Senatobia. Officers say they made several attempts to convince Higgs to get out of the car. Investigators say movements by Higgs inside of the car caused officers to shoot.
An officer was injured but is expected to be okay. The incident remains under investigation.
(ORIGINAL STORY 10/29/2017)
A murder suspect is dead after a pursuit and standoff on Interstate 55 in Tate County.
The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation says the man fired shots at the officers and one of them was hit. That officer is going to be okay.
According to MBI, the shootout happened around 3:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon. A Hernando police officer tried to pull over the suspect on I-55 in Tate County right before the Como exit. Sources close to Local 24 say the man was wanted for killing his wife out of Martin, Tennessee. The incident happened near the Tate County, Panola County line.
Investigators say the man on the run led officers on a chase and then eventually crashed his car into a ditch. A witness on the scene says officers tried to convince the man to get out of the car, but he wouldn’t comply. After a short time, the suspect then got out of the car and started exchanging gunfire with officers.
“That’s why I got behind the truck, bullets don’t care. So I got behind the truck, I was looking around the corner of it when all the shooting started,” said Larry Williamson, a witness. “Anywhere from 30 to 50 gunshots, Like I said the police officers stayed back for a long time and I guess they finally decided to come up and talk him out of it or something.”
MBI says an officer was hit, but that officer is expected to be okay. Officers shot and killed the suspect. The shooting remains under investigation.