PASCAGOULA -- Jackson County supervisors say legal research showed Sheriff Mike Byrd can legally turn away from the county jail fugitives picked up on out-of-state warrants through the National Crime Information Center.
The sheriff last week sent out a memo informing the cities of Moss Point, Pascagoula and Ocean Springs that they can no longer house their fugitives at the jail.
Several police chiefs have questioned the legality and timing of Byrd's decision.
Byrd has agreed to accept the fugitives picked up by the Mississippi Highway Patrol or the city of Gautier because of pre-existing contracts.
Pascagoula, Ocean Springs and Moss Point still have attorneys researching to see if Byrd can refuse to take in their fugitives at the county jail.
Byrd issued the directive on the heels of a independent investigation into a shooting at the office of the Narcotics Task Force of Jackson County on July 31.
Byrd has described the shooting as accidental.
Moss Point Police Chief Keith Davis called for an emergency meeting of the NTFJC board after he learned of the shooting. The board voted to have the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation conduct the probe. Byrd had told board members there was no need for an independent investigation because there already had been an internal probe into the shooting, which resulted in an injury to one NTFJC agent.