HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - A Harrison County Sheriff's deputy was shot one time in the chest on East Jordan Rd. on Friday morning. Chief Deputy Ron Pullen said the deputy has been released from the hospital.
Authorities are still searching for the suspect, described as a middle aged white man with grey hair driving an older model white pickup truck, possibly a Ford F150, with copper wire in the bed.
Sheriff Troy Peterson said the suspect is around 6-0 or 6-3 and weighs between 260 to 280 pounds. He has a dark mustache and was wearing dark blue jeans and grey garden gloves, Peterson said. Officials believe the suspect could still be armed.
The deputy was airlifted to USA Medical Center in Mobile, AL after the shooting. Peterson the deputy's protective vest stopped the bullet.
"The vest saved his life," Peterson said.
Peterson said the deputy was parked in his patrol cruiser when the truck pulled up around 11:30 a.m. The driver and the deputy both got out of their vehicles, and that's when the shooting happened, according to Peterson.
Gov. Phil Bryant tweeted well wishes for the deputy, and prayers for a quick recovery.
Several agencies have been assisting with the investigation including Mississippi Highway Patrol, Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks, and the Biloxi, Gulfport, and D'Iberville police departments.