Filming of the Mississippi Mudbug Festival: at least 1 dead and several injured after gunshots

The deceased may have been shot by an officer after ‘there was an exchange of gunfire between at least 2-3 people in and around a vehicle’ at the Mississippi Mudbug Festival, the sheriff said of Hinds County, Tyree Jones.

Several law enforcement officers from different agencies were working the event and responding when shots were fired around 10 p.m., the sheriff said.

“We believe that one of the law enforcement personnel discharged his weapon, and we believe at this exact moment that the deceased victim may have been due to the shooting involving an officer,” Jones said during a press conference.

“We believe that this deceased person was actively involved in the incident that was reported regarding the shootings and regarding the multiple shots that were fired,” he added.

Jones declined to identify the officer involved or his affiliated agency. He said the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations was called in to help with the investigation.

Those injured in the shooting “appear to be stable,” the sheriff said in a Facebook post.

After the shooting, at least two people were arrested for questioning, Jones said.

Officers have located at least one vehicle, two rifles and at least one pistol that they believe are linked to the shooting.

“At this time, we don’t know what the motive is or exactly what happened,” Jones said, noting that the investigation is ongoing.

“We’ll find out exactly what happened. We’ll find out who’s involved, and they should be held accountable for this very reckless incident,” Jones said.

The Mississippi Mudbug Festival began Wednesday and is expected to continue through Sunday, according to the Jackson Convention & Visitors Bureau. The festival features live entertainment as well as crawfish cooking and eating competitions and rides.
This was the second year the event was hosted by the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce, the department’s website says.

It’s unclear if the festival will be open on Sunday, Jones said.

CNN contacted the Mississippi Fairgrounds and the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce.


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