A man was killed in Mississippi and a local police officer was injured after gunfire was exchanged inside a Walmart store in Iuka, about five miles from the Alabama border, on Sunday. The incident began as a traffic pursuit, The Associated Press (AP) reported, citing officials.
The victim, who was being chased for about five minutes after 6:10 p.m., local time, later pulled into a parking lot at the Iuka Walmart store. He then, "bailed out of his car," and went into the store, AP reported, citing Warren Strain, a spokesperson for Mississippi Bureau of Investigation (MBI). The man then reportedly opened fire at the two officers, who followed him inside. The officers reportedly returned the fire, and killed the man, while a bullet scraped off one of the police officials.
The injured police officer was taken to a hospital and was later released. No bystanders were injured, AP reported. Initial investigations into the incident reportedly showed that a conservation officer inside the store may have also been involved in the shooting.
The suspect was identified as Howard Brent Means Jr., 34, of Tishomingo, Mississippi, and the state medical examiner will perform an autopsy, AP reported. The MBI is set to conduct a standard independent review of the incident. Crime investigators were collecting evidence from the store Sunday night, the MBI spokesperson reportedly said.