Grand Jury to review Narcotics Task Force shooting

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation has completed its probe of a shooting at the Jackson County Narcotics Task Force. The findings will now be presented to a Grand Jury.

You'll remember WLOX News first reported the Task Force was under investigation after a member fired a gun inside the Pascagoula office, injuring another officer. The incident happened in July, but the probe did not begin until last month after some Jackson County police chiefs started questioning the events that unfolded.

Sheriff Mike Byrd called it "an accidental discharge of a weapon" and said the shooting was "reported immediately and disciplinary action was taken."

District Attorney Tony Lawrence issued a statement Thursday saying, "Since I have been District Attorney, every investigative file I have received from MBI has been presented to the Grand Jury and this one will be as well."

Lawrence said he will present the MBI findings to the next grand jury which meets in November.

WLOX News has also learned that the commander of the Narcotics Task Force has been permanently removed from that position. The Narcotics Task Force executive board voted to remove Jackie Trussell Thursday afternoon.

Sheriff Byrd could not comment on this new information because it's a personal issue.

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