By The Associated Press
RAYMOND — A Jackson police officer on the force for only two months was shot to death while chasing an escaped prisoner, authorities said.
Glen Agee, 31, was fatally shot twice in the face, said Coroner Sharon Grisham-Stewart. Police said he was shot by the prisoner, who has not yet been charged in his death.
The prisoner was being taken to the Hinds County Detention Center in Raymond on aggravated assault and domestic violence charges when he escaped from a squad car, police said. He ran into woods and Agee and another officer chased him, police said. The other officer wasn’t injured.
The escaped prisoner was caught about 45 minutes later.
About 9:30 p.m. Friday, the patrol car stopped at a red light on Mississippi Highway 18 in Raymond, Assistant Police Chief Lee Vance said. The prisoner was able to get out of the car after one of the officers lowered his window to give him more air after he said he was having trouble breathing, Vance said.
Vance said that although the prisoner’s hands were handcuffed behind him, he was able to pull his legs through his arms. When found, the man was handcuffed in front, Vance said.
Investigators believe Agee was shot with his own weapon during a struggle with the prisoner before he fled into the woods, Vance said. The man’s own gun had been removed by the officers prior to his initial arrest and was found in the patrol car, Vance said.
Before coming to the Jackson Police Department, Agee had been an officer at Jackson State University.