Police: 2 men hospitalized after being shot by Picayune officer

PICAYUNE, MS (WLOX) - A fight outside a Picayune convenience store ended with two people being shot by police.

A call came in around 11pm Thursday about a crowd of young men outside a store on Memorial Boulevard. Picayune Police Deputy Chief Chad Dorn told WLOX police were told at least one person had a gun.

When officers arrived, three of the men jumped in a car to get away. Dorn said the driver ignored orders to stop and drove toward the officers. That's when an officer fired at the car, which kept going.

There was a short chase, until the driver crashed into a telephone pole about a mile away on North Blanks Avenue. Two of the suspects ran off, but one was left inside. Police discovered he'd been shot in the chest.

Friday night, that man was at Forrest General Hospital. The driver of the car was also hospitalized. Police said he went looking for treatment on his own sometime in the middle of the night because he'd been shot twice in the arm. Both men are in stable condition.

The third man hasn't been found.

So far, no charges have been filed. The Mississippi Bureau of Investigations is handling the case.

The officer who fired on the suspects is on administrative leave until the investigation is complete.

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