The Ridgeland Police Department issued the following statement.
Ridgeland, MS: Tuesday, March 14, 2017, approximately 2:04 pm, Ridgeland Police Department received a call from BancorpSouth located at 758 South Pear Orchard indicating the bank had just been robbed. The caller relayed information to the dispatch center to include a description of the suspect and a vehicle description. Officers responded to the bank and upon approach to the area, an officer encountered a small black Toyota Yaris occupied by a single occupant whose clothing matched the suspects as reported by bank personnel. Officers attempted to stop this vehicle at the intersection of South Pear Orchard and Towne Center Blvd.
The driver of the vehicle fled from officers in an attempt to elude them and without regard for the safety of the officers and others in the area. The fleeing suspect drove on multiple streets in the Pear Orchard, South Wheatley Street area to include residential areas while diverting all means of capture by law enforcement. The pursuit by law enforcement lasted approximately 3 minutes until a point where the suspect turned onto Faith Hill Street from Peach Orchard Road. While traveling on Faith Hill Street and converging officers were closing in on ending the pursuit, the suspect drove his vehicle across three (3) lawns nearly striking several police vehicles in the process.
The suspect vehicle was partially surrounded in the middle of Faith Hill Street as officers approached on foot. The suspect continued to try and maneuver the vehicle in an attempt to elude the officers and refusing to exit the vehicle. Officers of the Ridgeland Police Department discharged their weapons toward the suspect/driver of the vehicle in an attempt to stop additional actions of the fleeing suspect. The robbery suspect sustained multiple gunshot wounds and was transported to a local hospital for treatment.
The Mississippi Bureau of Investigations (MBI) was contacted and requested to respond to this location to lead and conduct an investigation related to the officer involved shooting. The Ridgeland Police Department criminal investigations division is the lead investigating agency related to the robbery of BancorpSouth Bank.
Investigation by the Ridgeland Police Department revealed the suspect entered the bank approximately 2:03 pm on the south side of the bank. Once he entered the bank, he partially covered his face with some type of clothing article and walked to the teller windows. The suspect produced a green bag and demanded the money be placed into this bag. The suspect retrieved money from two teller stations and fled on foot. Bank personnel were able to maintain a visual watch on the suspect as he left the bank and entered the above referenced vehicle. It was determined through the investigation the suspect did not display a weapon during the robbery. The call from the bank reporting the robbery indicated the suspect may be armed and this information had been relayed to the officers responding to the call. The suspect received an undisclosed amount of US Currency and had it placed in a green bag. This bag containing a large amount of US Currency was located on the front passenger floorboard of the suspect vehicle on Faith Hill Street.
Preliminary reports from MBI indicated during their crime scene processing, no firearm was located inside the vehicle or on the scene of the officer involved shooting. After receiving preliminary reports from the various investigations, the Ridgeland Police Department will be charging the suspect with the crimes of Simple Robbery – No Weapon and Felony Fleeing/Evading Arrest. These charges will be filed by affidavit with the Madison County Youth Court for prosecution. The suspect remains hospitalized and has not been arrested at this point. This remains a very active investigation and at this time the name of the suspect cannot be released. The suspect is recovering from the injuries and they are non-life threatening. The names of the officers involved in the shooting will not be released and the results of the investigation by MBI will be referred to the Madison County District Attorney’s Office.
Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is lead investigating agency on the officer involved shooting of the suspect and any questions related to that portion of the investigation should be directed to the appropriate personnel with that agency.
Any questions related to the robbery should be referred to the Office of the Chief of Police Ridgeland Police Department at 601-853-2014.