June 27, 2022

Man accused of killing Pascagoula police K9 charged with additional murder

Therese Apel

Pascagoula Police Department K9 Exo was killed in the line of duty Thursday, June 23, 2022.

Aggravated assault charges have been upgraded against the suspect accused of fatally shooting a Helena man and a Pascagoula Police K9 on Thursday.

Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell says 33-year old Mitchell Wayne Robinson is now charged with murder in the death of Christopher Joiner, who was shot in the Helena community. The 52-year old Joiner was taken to USA Medical Center in Mobile where he died Friday night.

Thursday night, several officers and Pascagoula K9 Exo searched for Robinson in a wooded area in Helena. The sheriff says Robinson allegedly shot at Exo’s handler, hitting Exo twice in the chest.

Officers returned fire wounding Robinson. He was hospitalized and released over the weekend. Robinson is now jailed at the Jackson County Adult Detention Center with no bond. Robinson is also charged with possession of a firearm by a felon.

Exo died at an emergency vet in Mobile.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is handling the case since officers were involved in the shooting. Their charges are still pending.

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