GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - An armed man was shot in downtown Gulfport Monday afternoon. And while Gulfport Police Chief Leonard Papania says his officers exchanged gunfire with the man, his wounds may have come from an entirely different shooter.
Chief Papania says around 4 p.m. officers received a complaint of a disturbance at a downtown library.
“A description was given out to the officers. As officers were responding to the area, they observed an individual fitting that description entering the pawn shop right here. The individual exited quickly out of the pawn shop. The individual was armed, and officers engaged him in gun fire,” said Chief Papania.
Witnesses told WLOX News Now that someone attempted to rob the pawn shop at the corner of 21st Street and Highway 49, but that hasn’t been confirmed by investigators. Right now, they’re trying to figure out the timeline of events that led to the confrontation with officers outside the store.
Chief Papania said the man was taken to the hospital for the treatment of gunshot wounds.
Gulfport police have contacted the District Attorney’s office. As with any officer involved shooting, the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations will be the primary agency investigating the incident.