A Gulfport police cruiser struck and killed a pedestrian on U.S. 49, Gulfport police Sgt. Josh Bromen said.
The crash occurred about 6 p.m. just north of Airport Road, Bromen said. The Biloxi Police Department and Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove are taking the lead on the investigation, Bromen said.
Hargrove was not immediately available to identify the pedestrian, or say whether it was a man or woman.
Officials removed the body from the accident scene about 7:30 p.m.
An evidence marker was placed next to a single shoe in the road about 30 feet north of where the body lay. Dozens of Gulfport police and fire vehicles were at the accident.
A heavy rainstorm hit the area about the time the person was hit, but details about how the accident occurred are still uncertain. Several officers were working with accident-reconstruction devices.
Witnesses coming out of the Wal-Mart store, more than 200 yards to the east of the accident, said they heard an impact.
“We were leaving the Wal-Mart,” Nicole Pearson said, “and we heard what sounded like a large bang, a ‘Ka-boom.’ I thought it was two cars, just a bad wreck. When I got closer I saw the police.”
Bromen said the department has contacted the District Attorney’s Office.
Both north- and southbound lanes of 49 between Airport Road and Creosote Road were still shut down at 9 p.m.
The Sun Herald will have more information as soon as it becomes available.