'Armed and dangerous' man captured after reportedly shooting Hattiesburg cop

Victor Kirksey
Victor Kirksey

Authorities spent most of Monday canvassing the Pine Belt for a man who reportedly shot a Hattiesburg police officer.

The Hattiesburg Police Department released an alert about 12:45 p.m. Monday warning the public to be on the lookout for Victor Kirksey.

By 5:29 p.m. he was in custody, the department announced. No other details of his arrest were immediately released.

WDAM-TV reported Kirksey shot an officer in the leg Monday morning while the officer was attempting to serve a warrant at a Lexington Drive home.

Hattiesburg police spokesman Ryan Moore said there were eight officers from multiple agencies who went to the home on Lexington to serve the warrant. The suspect, who opened fire on the officers, fled into the wood line near the home, he said.

Moore posted on the department's Facebook page that Kirksey was considered armed and dangerous.

"Do not approach suspect, call 911 immediately," Moore wrote.

Kirksey had been last seen in the area of West Hills Drive and Lexington Drive.

According to WDAM, the officer was taken to Forrest General Hospital in a personal vehicle, where he was treated and released. No other information was provided.

No weapon has been found, but Moore said the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is in the process of obtaining a search warrant for the residence where the gunfire took place.

Patrick Ochs: 228-896-2326, @patrickochs