Mississippi grand jury clears 3 officers in fatal shooting

BLIOXI, Miss. (AP) – A grand jury has ruled Mississippi police officers were justified in the fatal shooting of a 37-year-old man whose weapon turned out to be a BB gun.

Biloxi Police Chief John Miller says Wesley Sheppard of Biloxi had shot out a window in a vehicle with children and refused police orders to drop his weapon March 10.

Miller tells The Sun Herald Wednesday that Sheppard was hit by two bullets from about 50 yards as three officers fired.

Miller released details of the shooting after a Harrison County grand jury ruled Monday the officers’ actions were justifiable.

Miller said investigators learned the weapon was a BB gun, though it looked like a long gun to witnesses and responding officers.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation was called in for an independent probe, a standard police procedure.