Police fatally shoot man suspected of killing young woman

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) – Authorities say police in north Mississippi fatally shot a man who was suspected of killing a young woman.

Mississippi Bureau of Investigation spokesman Warren Strain says Tupelo police shot 27-year-old Lyndarius Cortez Witherspoon of Tupelo after a chase Saturday evening.

Tupelo Police Capt. Chuck McDougald tells news media police began to chase Witherspoon after an officer recognized his license plate from a law enforcement alert. McDougald says Witherspoon shot at police during the chase and after it ended at an apartment complex where police blocked in his vehicle.

Strain says Witherspoon was shot during an exchange of gunfire with police.

Baldwyn Police Chief Troy Agnew says the alert was sent after 23-year-old Alexandra Caldwell was shot and killed earlier Saturday in Baldwyn.

It was not immediately clear the relationship between Witherspoon and Caldwell.