Man who allegedly tried to run down officers ID’d, charged – Mississippi News

Man who allegedly tried to run down officers ID’d, charged – Mississippi News

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Police say a man accelerated a vehicle at officers at a checkpoint, so they fired on him.
Therese Apel/ The Clarion-Ledger

A man has been charged with aggravated assault on a police officer and possession of a stolen vehicle after he allegedly tried to run down a police officer shortly before 10 a.m. Wednesday.

Michael Handford, 28, is hospitalized and stable, being treated after being shot in the hip or buttocks area during the alleged attack.

Police say Handford was driving in the area of Woody Drive and Meadow Lane Drive when he came upon a checkpoint police were conducting in that area, according to Jackson Police Chief Lee Vance. 

When Handford saw the checkpoint, he allegedly put the car in reverse and began to back down the street toward another officer. 

“When the driver saw the officer behind him, obviously in a desperate attempt to elude the checkpoint, he put the vehicle in drive and took off, directly at a JPD officer. In an act of defense and because an officer found himself in a position where his life had been threatened and he could be run over by this Camaro, he fired several shots toward the vehicle,” Vance said.

Two routine investigations are conducted in the case of an officer-involved shooting, Vance said. The first is a criminal investigation to see if any crimes are committed, the second is an internal affairs investigation to make sure no JPD policies are…

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