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Moss Point police reject request for incident report in traffic stop death

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Corry Watson Sr., 30, was pulled over at the intersection of Magnolia Street and Sherlawn Drive in Moss point on March 7. He was later pronounced dead at Singing River Hospital.
Google Maps Corry Watson Sr., 30, was pulled over at the intersection of Magnolia Street and Sherlawn Drive in Moss point on March 7. He was later pronounced dead at Singing River Hospital.

MOSS POINT -- The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation was called in to investigate the death of a Moss Point man shortly after police pulled him over at the intersection Magnolia Street and Sherlawn Drive, about four blocks south of Magnolia Middle School, according to Warren Strain, MBI spokesperson.

Strain could not say why the man, Corry Watson Sr., 30, had been pulled over the afternoon of March 7. He was later pronounced dead at Singing River Hospital.

Moss Point Police Chief Art McClung has declined to provide any details.

On Thursday, the Sun Herald filed a public information request to obtain the initial police incident report on the stop.

McClung declined the request.

"We will not be able to release any documents at this time due to the fact the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations has an open investigation on this matter," McClung said. He also referred the Sun Herald to Strain as a contact for information in the case.

Strain said MBI is investigating the death and not the nature of the stop.

"Moss Point should be able to tell you that," Strain said.

According to Jackson County Coroner Vicki Broadus, Watson was pronounced dead at Singing River Hospital at 1:11 p.m. the day of the stop.

Police did not release any information on Watson's death until the Sun Herald received a tip about the incident and confirmed the information.

Broadus said Watson's body did not have any visible "injuries or anything that would substantiate his death."

Watson's body was taken to the state medical examiner's office in Jackson for an autopsy

Once the MBI investigation is completed, the findings will be turned over to the Jackson County District Attorney's office to present to a grand jury. A grand jury will decide if any criminal wrongdoing occurred.

According to Watson's obituary, he is survived by his parents, a maternal grandmother, eight children, a brother and sister, a niece and nephew and others. His greatest loves included his children, his dogs, Diamond and Duke, and the art of restoring cars.

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