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Moss Point man killed by police displayed gun ‘in a threatening manner’ while fleeing, chief says

Moss Point police shoot and kill man during chase, officials say

A man running from police was shot and killed by a Moss Point officer, the department says. Police Chief Brandon Ashley says the suspect was armed. MBI will lead the investigation.
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A man running from police was shot and killed by a Moss Point officer, the department says. Police Chief Brandon Ashley says the suspect was armed. MBI will lead the investigation.

A man shot and killed by a police officer Thursday night was armed with a gun and running from officers when he pointed the weapon at them in “a threatening manner,” Moss Point Police Chief Brandon Ashley said in a statement.

The man, identified as 27-year-old Toussaint Diamon Sims of Moss Point, was wanted on multiple felony warrants when police got a tip he was at a Pascagoula convenience store around 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Sims drove off when Pascagoula and Moss Point officers attempted to arrest him at the store, Ashley said. Sims led them on a chase that ended when his car went into a ditch at Martin Luther King Boulevard and Second Street.

Sims then ran away and was shot when he displayed a firearm, Ashley said.

Late Thursday night, the scene of the shooting centered around nearly a block of Second Street, with crime tape blocking off part of the street. Sims’ dark sedan with its driver’s side door open was in a ditch in front of a home.

Moss Point and Pascagoula police, Jackson County Sheriff’s Department and other agencies were at the scene.

Ashley said no officers were injured.

In accordance with police protocol, Ashley said the officer who shot Sims was placed on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of an investigation.

According to the Mississippi Department of Corrections, Sims has a felony conviction for grand larceny. It’s unclear what charges he was being sought for on Thursday night.

Since the killing, Ashley and Mayor Mario King have offered their sympathies, thoughts and prayers to those affected by the killing.

“We are asking for the media and public’s assistance while the investigation proceeds,” Ashley said in the statement. “It is extremely important that we do not make assumptions about what occurred based on preliminary and conflicting statements. We all want an investigation that is professional , thorough, timely and credible.”

King said he is confident county and state officials will properly investigate events surrounding the deadly shooting and “ensure that justice is served.”

King made his statement in a public Facebook post in which he also ensured residents he was “aware of the tension that our country is plagued with surrounding police-involved shootings.”

He said the city will fully cooperate with the investigation being led by the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation.

Alyssa Newton is an award-winning multimedia journalist with a background in television, radio and print. She’s originally from Dothan, Alabama and has a journalism degree from the University of South Alabama in Mobile. Her passion lies in storytelling, news, sports and a strong espresso.
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