Congressman wants federal probe of Miss. shooting

By Holbrook Mohr/The Associated Pres

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A congressman has asked federal authorities to investigate a shootout involving investigators from the Mississippi attorney general’s office and two men allegedly hired to kill a divorce lawyer.

U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat, said on Tuesday he asked the FBI, the U.S. Justice Department and the U.S. Attorney’s Office to investigate the April 28 shooting in Greenwood attorney Lee Abraham’s office.

One suspect was killed, another was wounded and a bullet grazed an investigator’s leg during the shooting.

Dr. Arnold Smith is charged with hiring men to kill Abraham, who represented the oncologist’s ex-wife during their divorce in the 1990s. Police charged Smith and the alleged assassin who survived with conspiracy and capital murder.

Thompson says his office has received “numerous complaints” about the shooting.