Gun found is believed linked to officer's slaying

RAYMOND, Miss. (AP) — Authorities say a volunteer searcher found the gun they believe was used in the shooting death of Jackson police officer Glen Agee.

The Clarion-Ledger reports that Joe Barnett of Clinton, a metal detector hobbyist, found a gun Tuesday morning in a drainage ditch near Raymond.

The suspect in the killing, 24-year-old Latwan Dupree Smith, pleaded not guilty Monday to capital murder.

On Friday, Agee and two other Jackson police officers were taking Smith to the Hinds County Detention Center in Raymond when police say Smith opened the door of the patrol car by reaching through an open window. Officers say Smith escaped and ran. Agee ran after him and was later found shot in the face.

Investigators believe Smith tossed Agee’s 9 mm service pistol while fleeing.

The Associated Press