Crime

Marine patrol officer threatened on social media; Facebook poster sought

JACKSON COUNTY -- Authorities are looking for a man they say used social media to threaten a state Marine Patrol officer on Facebook.

Joey Jason Holliman, believed to be a Coast resident, is wanted on a cyberstalking charge.

Marine Patrol officer Michael Strickland had stopped Holliman for traffic violations Wednesday on a Jackson County road, said Marine Patrol Chief Keith Davis of the state Department of Marine Resources.

Strickland wrote Holliman misdemeanor citations for careless driving and no proof of insurance.

Soon afterward, Holliman posted a violent threat on his timeline about Strickland, Davis said.

The DMR office in Biloxi began receiving tips about the post, Davis said, which led to an investigation.

"With the current climate of violence against law enforcement, this type of activity can not and will not be tolerated," Davis said. "Law enforcement across the Coast reached out to Marine Patrol today regarding this post, and I am so thankful for the response and support from our local law enforcement community."

A Justice Court judge issued a warrant for Holliman's arrest Thursday.

Davis said law enforcement officers across the coastal counties were on the lookout for Holliman.

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