Police officer cleared of ‘criminal conduct’ after shooting during Gulfport investigation

Police officer cleared of ‘criminal conduct’ after shooting during Gulfport investigation

GULFPORT, Miss. (WLOX) - A Gulfport police officer has been cleared of any criminal conduct by a grand jury this week after a shooting during a shooting investigation.

During the course of a September 2018 shooting investigation, Joshua Deandrea Jones, now 27, was arrested and shot at least once by a Gulfport police officer.

"The Grand Jury has investigated the circumstances leading up to the shooting of Joshua Jones by an officer of the Gulfport Police Department on September 4, 2018, and makes the following report:

"After the full and deliberate consideration of all the facts and circumstances leading up to the September 4, 2018, shooting of Joshua Jones, and the circumstances as they existed at the time of the shooting, the Grand Jury finds no criminal conduct on behalf of the officer involved from the Gulfport Police Department and further finds that his actions were appropriate.

“Therefore, we find no further action is warranted by this body.”

Police pulled over a suspect, Demas Booker, during the investigation. Police took Booker, 22, into custody, but his passenger, Jones, jumped out of the car and ran into the woods. According to the department, Jones was armed with a gun and being confrontational during the arrest. He was ultimately arrested on a charge of possession of a weapon after a felony conviction.

He was released from custody on Sept. 14, 2018 and has been indicted on the felony possession charge.

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