Hattiesburg police seek man they say shot Mississippi officer in leg

Published 3:15 pm Monday, June 18, 2018

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — Police in a south Mississippi city are searching for a man they say shot a police officer in the leg.

Hattiesburg Police spokesman Ryan Moore says the officer was shot Monday while trying to serve a search warrant on a house.

Moore says police believe Victor Kirksey shot the officer.

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Moore says the officer is recovering and likely to be released from a hospital Monday.

Law enforcement agencies say Kirksey ran into a wooded area.

Police say they believe Kirksey is armed and dangerous and warn people to stay away.

It’s the second time someone shot at a Hattiesburg officer in recent days. Someone shot at multiple officers while fleeing early Saturday morning.

Police searched unsuccessfully for hours.

Moore says police don’t know if the shootings are related.