Clinton police released videos of a chase that ended in a fatality early this morning of an innocent bystander. A controversy has arisen since the chase began in Clinton but ended in West Jackson. Clinton officials and JPD dispute whether JPD was notified of the chase or participated.
Clinton PD issued this statement:
At approx. 11:40 P.M. Monday, officers of the Clinton Police Dept. were notified of a shoplifting that had just taken place at Wal-Mart on Hwy 80 in Clinton. The suspects had taken computer and electronics equipment. The tag on the suspect vehicle was switched and we are investigating the possibility that the car is stolen. The suspects were spotted by CPD officers as they left the parking lot and headed east toward Jackson.CPD officers attempted to stop the vehicle but the driver chose to flee through west Jackson and Clinton Police Officers pursued in accordance with existing state law. JPD was notified and they did respond by blocking side streets. The suspect continued to flee until he crossed over into oncoming traffic and struck another vehicle on Capitol St. at Tennessee Ave. in Jackson.
This video is shot by the primary chase car.
Two separate JPD cruisers appear at 9:50 and 12:07. JJ's hypothesis is that they were not participating in the chase but each saw a car that was traveling at a high rate of speed. The cruisers turned on their lights to pursue and then BOOM!, here come four Clinton police cruisers in very hot pursuit.
The suspects refuse to get out of the car even when the car catches on fire. The police had to knock out a window and drag them out of the car.
This is the video shot by the secondary cruiser. The video resolution is much better.
Clinton issued this timeline: