DAILYKENN.com -- A 77-year-old deputy sheriff was fatally shot in Simpson County, Mississippi.
Police are searching for Joaquin Steven Blackwell, 22.
Blackwell apparently snatched the officer James Blair's sidearm as the suspect was being transported to a mental institution from detention.
"He was still working due to the fact that he was raising his grandsons, whose mother had passed away. He leaves behind a wife as well," according to wlbt.com.
The county sheriff posted the following message on Twitter:
A Blue Alert has been issued for Steven Joaquin Blackwell 22 Y/O Black Male 5 feet 8 inches tall wanted in connection with an officer involved shooting in Simpson County. The subject is Armed and Dangerous. Do not approach this subject. Call 911 immediately!!!!The slaying comes days after Democratic Party leaders in the US Congress "took a knee" during a photo op in the nation's Capitol Building. Some aligned with the burn-loot-murder movement have called for the defunding of police, pretending there is an epidemic of white racist cops attacking black people.
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Mississippi authorities are on a manhunt for a suspect who fatally shot a sheriff's deputy after grabbing the cop's gun while he was taken into custody.
The Hinds County Sheriff's Office said in a tweet that Joaquin Steven Blackwell, 22, of Magee, Mississippi, is 'armed and dangerous' after having fatally shot a Simpson County Deputy Friday afternoon in Mendenhall, Mississippi.
The Jones County Sheriff's Department identified the deputy as being James Blair, 77, in a Facebook post Friday, noting he was 'Shot and killed in the line duty' and his end of watch date.
Regions 8 Health executive director Dave Van told WJTV that Blackwell had been in the sheriff's department's custody and was brought to the mental health facility in Mendenhall for an evaluation because Blackwell's family was worried about his mental health.
While the deputy was taking Blackwell into custody after the evaluation, he allegedly grabbed the deputy's gun while he was escorted back to the patrol car.
Blackwell then supposedly shot the deputy and escaped into the woods.
The deputy was airlifted to the hospital, where he died, according to WAPT.
It's unclear why Blackwell had been taken into custody and how long he had been at the mental health facility or in custody.
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