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College campus blocked off as police, helicopter look for wanted man

A Harrison County sheriff's helicopter, shown searching for a suspect in March 2016, showed up to help in Friday’s search of a wanted man who fled near the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Jefferson Davis Campus in Gulfport.
A Harrison County sheriff's helicopter, shown searching for a suspect in March 2016, showed up to help in Friday’s search of a wanted man who fled near the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Jefferson Davis Campus in Gulfport. Sun Herald File

Police blocked streets around the Jefferson Davis campus of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College on Friday as a sheriff’s helicopter crew helped police look for a wanted man.

Officials said a Gulfport police officer had tried pull a car over but a man got out of it and ran.

The man is wanted on a Circuit Court warrant on charges of possession of a controlled substance and failure to yield to blue lights and sirens, Harrison County Sheriff Troy Peterson said.

The man is not considered armed and dangerous, he said.

A Harrison County sheriff’s helicopter crew was in the area for a training exercise and assisted in the search, but the man, whose name was not released, had disappeared, Peterson said.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews

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