Video: Monroe County Fatal Shooting, Deputy Involved
Update: The name of the man killed by a Monroe County deputy has been released.
Monroe County Coroner Alan Gurley says Ricky K. Keeton, 57, was killed during an exchange of gunfire with Monroe County deputies and narcotics agents about 1 AM on Wednesday.
The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation says deputies were attempting to serve a search warrant at 60021 Sizemore Road.
MBI did not release any other information about the shooting, which remains under investigation.
Monroe County Sheriff Cecil Cantrell says Keeton was involved in the drug trade in Monroe County, which has connections to the Mexican cartel.
The sheriff says the drug investigation started at 9:30 PM on Tuesday night two people were pulled over for a traffic stop. The two people inside the vehicle had drugs and told deputies they bought them from Keeton.
Deputies are expected to release the names of the other two people arrested in connection with the drug investigation.
Cantrell did not release what type of weapon Keeton was armed with during the exchange of gunfire.
Keeton’s girlfriend was with him at the time and is now in custody.
The deputy that was shot is a member of the SWAT team and has non life-threatening injuries. Cantrell says the deputy will be fine.
Cantrell says body cameras were not being worn by deputies. They were being charged at the time.
More than 20 law enforcement officers responded to the shooting, according to Cantrell.
Keeton’s body will be sent to Jackson for an autopsy.
MONROE COUNTY, Miss. (WCBI) – WCBI News has learned a Monroe County deputy shot and killed a man early Wednesday morning.
Monroe County Sheriff Cecil Cantrell is not releasing any information about the shooting at this time.
The shooting happened about 1 AM on Sizemore Road, just south of Smithville.
A deputy was injured during the incident but the extent of the injuries is unknown.
The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is investigating the shooting.
The name of the man that was shot has not been released.