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Armed man shot by Gulfport detective after fleeing traffic stop, police say

Law enforcement vehicles on Birch Drive in Gulfport after an officer-involved shooting on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018.
Law enforcement vehicles on Birch Drive in Gulfport after an officer-involved shooting on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018. rfitzgerald@sunherald.com

Police say an armed man who ran from officers during a traffic stop resisted arrest and was shot by a detective who chased after him.

Detectives were investigating a series of drive-by shootings that happened over the weekend when they saw a car driven by Demas Booker Jr., who was wanted on a warrant from the Mississippi Department of Corrections, police Sgt. Clayton Fulks said.

Police stopped Booker, driving a red Dodge Journey, on West Birch Drive at Wildwood Drive about 3:25 p.m. Tuesday, he said.

An unidentified man, the passenger in the car, jumped out and ran north, Fulks said, and a chase ensued with a Gulfport detective.

The detective saw a gun, Fulks said, and shot the man after he resisted arrest.

The wounded man was taken to a hospital. His condition wasn’t immediately available. The area in the body where the man was shot has not been released by police.

Police arrested Booker on the scene without incident.

Police used yellow crime-scene tape to block off both ends of the street where the shooting occurred. The neighborhood is north of Dedeaux Road in the Orange Grove community.

The Harrison County Sheriff’s Department, which is assisting in the investigation with its crime-scene unit, arrested Booker, 22, on probation warrants. He was convicted of accessory after the fact to an armed robbery and felony eluding after an arrest in 2014.

People gathered at the scene of the shooting and said they were unhappy with the way police handled the case.

“How do you know he (the man shot) had a gun?” said a woman who declined to give her name.

Some in the crowd that gathered said they are related to one of the men involved. They declined to comment after a woman urged them to not talk to the media.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is in charge of the the investigation at the request of Gulfport police as a standard procedure in an officer-involved shooting.

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