Officials: Horn Lake police shot, killed suspected serial robber

HORN LAKE, Miss. — State authorities are investigating after a suspect matching the description of an armed serial robber was shot and killed by officers in Horn Lake.

During a news conference Monday, District Attorney John Champion revealed authorities have been investigating a string of robberies in Horn Lake from over the weekend. In each case, the subject approached the victim at local ATMs and robbed them at gunpoint.

Each of the robberies happened in the same area, Champion said.

On a hunch, one of the investigating officers pulled up to the Regions ATM at Highway 51 and Goodman Road early Monday morning dressed in plain clothes. Soon afterwards, he reportedly received a call from other officers conducting surveillance saying an armed subject was indeed approaching his car.

The plain clothes officer identified himself, leading the suspect to take off in a car with the four officers in pursuit.

The suspect reportedly lost control of the vehicle at Goodman Road and Windchase, and was hit by a police cruiser. That's when the man opened fire on police.

Champion said preliminary information suggests three of the officers returned fire, killing the suspect.

Authorities did not identify the man, saying they have not confirmed who he is. However, they did say the suspect appears to be from out of town and was acting alone.

The suspects vehicle involved in the incident has Georgia license plates and Champion said several suitcases were also discovered in the car.

The vehicle is now being analyzed in Batesville, MS.

The officers were not injured in the shooting.

"This just a classic example of an officer taking a hunch and putting his life on the line," said Champion at a news conference Monday.

A spokesperson with the Horn Lake Police Department said the officers involved in the shooting are on paid administrative leave.