MBI probes Corinth officer-involved shooting

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By Lena Mitchell

Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CORINTH – Corinth Police Chief David Lancaster has confirmed the identity of a Thursday night shooting victim as Chris Burrell, wounded by a Corinth police officer who went to his home to arrest him.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation has been in charge of the shooting investigation, which was reported and turned over by Lancaster on Thursday night.

Burrell was transported to Magnolia Regional Health Center, where he received initial treatment Thursday night, then to The Regional Medical Center in Memphis where his condition was reported late Friday as serious.

The officer has not been identified, but has been placed on routine administrative leave during the investigation.

According to Lancaster’s written statement, the officer went to a house on Allen Street after the police department received a call at 9:43 p.m. reporting a man with a gun had forced his way into the home. When the officer arrived at the address, the suspect had left, and the officer went on to the suspect’s residence on Clay Drive, where the shooting occurred.

When the officer arrived at the suspect’s home, the suspect opened the door with a handgun pointed at the officer, according to Lancaster’s report.

The case remains under investigation by the MBI. Further information may be released Monday, either by the MBI or Lancaster.

The MBI also continues the investigation of a shooting involving an Alcorn County deputy two days before Christmas.

lena.mitchell@journalinc.com