MOSS POINT, Miss. (WLOX) - Moss Point Police Chief Brandon Ashley promises to be transparent and as timely as the investigation into a deadly officer-involved shooting allows.
Ashley released the following statement Sunday morning:
The shooting happened on Aug. 8 in the area of 2nd Street and Martin Luther King Jr., Boulevard.
According to a press release from the Moss Point Police Department, Toussaint Diamon Sims, 27, was fatally shot after leading officers on a foot pursuit. The release said Sims displayed a firearm in a threatening manner during the pursuit, which caused the pursing officer to discharge his firearm killing Sims.
Ashley previously said the officer involved, whose identity is behind withheld until the case is presented to the grand jury, has been placed on leave.
Carlos Moore, an attorney and municipal court judge in Clarksdale, is planning to hold a press conference Sunday evening to make demands of the city and police department. Moore said based on what witnesses have told him, he does not believe that the suspect was armed at the time of his death.
Moore has asked for transparency from officials and evidence to come forward in regards to this incident. He claimed the suspect’s mother was not able to positively identify the body or see the body since the shooting.
The Jackson County Coroner’s Office released the following statement Sunday:
A statement from the District Attorney’s Office also released Sunday explained their role in this incident going forward.
According to Moore, his press conference will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Second Street Park and Pavilion in Moss Point, and he plans on releasing the name of the officer involved. Moore had previously said the conference would be at the Riverfront Community Center.