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June 27, 2021

UPDATE: Jackson FBI agent shot during operation in capital city, suspect identified

Therese Apel

An FBI agent from the Jackson field office was shot in the line of duty Saturday night as several agencies conducted an operation on the Jackson streets, and law enforcement is asking for the public’s help in locating the suspect.

Multiple law enforcement sources close to the operation confirmed the incident stemmed from shots fired call answered by a Jackson Police Department detective. Suspect Demario Cotton, who was driving a dark-colored Yukon, was pulled over around Oaklawn and El Paso Street on a traffic stop in connection with the call.

That’s when authorities say Cotton stepped out of the vehicle and open fire on police.

The agent was hit by gunfire and taken to the University of Mississippi Medical Center where he was reported in stable condition before being released earlier today.

“The FBI Jackson Field Office is committed to assisting the Jackson Police Department with reducing violent crime,” said FBI spokesman Brett Carr. “While assisting JPD, an FBI Special Agent sustained a non-life threatening injury from a gunshot and has been released from the hospital.”

Police continue to search for Cotton. If you have information on his whereabouts or on the incident, please contact the FBI Jackson’s Violent Crime Task Force at 601-948-5000. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call Central Mississippi Crime Stoppers at 601-355-TIPS (8477).

This is a developing story, we will keep you updated as more information comes in.

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