Officer's role in shooting investigated

n The shot wounded a Shannon man during an altercation at a motel.
BY DANZA JOHNSON
Daily Journal
TUPELO – An investigation is under way into a police officer’s shooting of a shoplifting suspect at an East Tupelo motel.
Tupelo Police Chief Harold Chaffin said Bobby Ray Bolden, 40, of Shannon was shot once in the knee while allegedly struggling with an officer at 9:47 a.m. Wednesday at the 78 Motel.
In line with department policy, an outside agency has been asked to investigate. The officer, whose name was not released, is on administrative leave until the investigation is complete.
According to Chaffin, police were serving a felony arrest warrant on Bolden for a March 2 shoplifting charge at Kohl’s.
After learning Bolden was in a room at the motel, Chaffin said, police knocked on the door. Bolden refused to open it. One of the officers saw Bolden jumping out of the hotel window, and that’s when the struggle ensued.
During the struggle, the officer’s firearm went off, grazing Bolden’s knee. He was taken to North Mississippi Medical Center and released into the custody of police officers, according to Capt. Bart Aguirre.
It is unclear if the gun accidentally went off or if it was fired by the officer.
Aguirre said the case, which is being investigated by the Mississippi Highway Patrol, could go before the grand jury as early as next week.
Contact Danza Johnson at (662) 678-1583 or danza.johnson@djournal.com.

Danza Johnson