Fatal Shooting Unfolds: Mississippi Corrections Officer Killed in Parking Lot Altercation. In a startling incident at a Mississippi correctional facility, a tragic altercation between two corrections officers led to the untimely demise of Justin Whipps, a resident of Clinton, Mississippi.
The fatal shooting occurred in the facility’s parking lot, prompting authorities to investigate the motives behind this tragic event and gather details about the suspect involved in the officer’s death. Read ahead to learn more details about the shooting.
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Tragic shooting: Captain Justin Whipps Identified as Victim
A tragic incident unfolded at the East Mississippi Correctional Facility in Lauderdale County on Tuesday afternoon, resulting in the shooting death of a guard.
Chief Deputy Ward Calhoun reported that a dispute between two correctional officers escalated into a physical altercation, culminating in one officer fatally shooting the other in the facility’s parking lot around 1 p.m. Prompt responses from deputies and EMS ensued, leading to the immediate apprehension of the suspect.
Calhoun highlighted that as both guards were on duty, this incident is considered an officer-involved shooting. The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation will be handling the investigation into the circumstances surrounding this tragic event.
Concluding the statement, there’s a heartfelt expression of sympathy for the victim’s family, with the management emphasizing their commitment to providing support during this extremely challenging period.
Statement from Management & Training Corporation, the operator of East Mississippi Correctional Facility:
“We are heartbroken to report a tragic and fatal altercation that occurred between two correctional officers at the East Mississippi Correctional Facility. The facility is fully cooperating with local law enforcement as they investigate what led to the altercation. Our hearts go out to the victim’s family. MTC is committed to supporting them through this challenging time.”
Captain Justin Whipps Identified as Victim
Captain Justin Whipps from Clinton, Mississippi, tragically became the victim of a fatal shooting involving correctional officers at the East Mississippi Correctional Facility.
Reports have confirmed a lockdown at the East Mississippi Correctional Facility in Meridian, MS, following a tragic incident involving a correctional officer allegedly shooting and fatally injuring a captain in the facility’s parking lot.
Officer McAfee arrived at the East Mississippi Correctional Facility to confront a female officer, with whom he had previous relations.
What happened to the Captain?
Captain Whipps intervened to prevent McAfee from entering the facility. However, McAfee retrieved a rifle from his vehicle and proceeded to shoot Captain Whipps approximately 5-8 times. Regrettably, Captain Whipps was pronounced deceased at the scene, and McAfee was apprehended and taken into custody.
It has been confirmed that the victim in this distressing incident is Justin Whipps. Notably, Captain Whipps had received a promotion from Lieutenant to Captain merely 6 days before this tragic event. Our deepest condolences go out to Captain Whipps’ family during this difficult time.
Who is the suspect?
The suspect identified in the tragic fatal shooting at the East Mississippi Correctional Facility was Officer McAfee. Allegedly, McAfee was involved in a confrontation that escalated into a distressing altercation, resulting in the shooting and untimely death of Captain Justin Whipps.
McAfee, after arriving at the facility and attempting to confront a female officer, encountered resistance from Captain Whipps, who intervened to prevent McAfee’s entry.
Subsequently, during this altercation, McAfee retrieved a rifle from his vehicle and reportedly fired multiple shots, resulting in Captain Whipps’ tragic demise. Following this heartbreaking incident, McAfee was promptly taken into custody for further legal proceedings and investigation.
Heartfelt Tributes and Memories Shared by Captain’s Friends and Colleagues
Trecia Vincent Hester:
“Nobody knows the time, day, nor the hour for which your name will be called. Justin Whipps was a very respectful and intelligent young man with a strong head on his shoulders. Though our conversations were occasional, every time we talked, I made sure he knew that. I’d occasionally inbox him, and his response would be, ‘OK, I got you Sarge.’ Until we meet again, Captain J. Whipps. 💔💔😢”
“Justin Whipps, never in a million years would I have thought I would be putting ‘RIP’ in front of your name. You were one of the coolest guys you’d ever met. Until we meet again, REST EASY MY GUY. This one hurts deeply. 😢😭”
Melynda Johnson Melissa Pilate:
“This is so heartbreaking 💔😭. My classmate, the life of the party, the genuine Justin Whipps 🙏🏽. ALWAYS AN ARROW! Prayers for his family, but not only his family, the Clinton High School Class of 2013! 😩🥺😭”
“💔 Seems like it was just yesterday when we met in the small town of Scooba but became brothers overnight. From borrowing each other’s Ramen noodles to arguing over who had next on NCAA 14. My brother forever, the story goes beyond this post. I just want the chance to hear you say, ‘I’M PROUD OF YOU BOYY.’ Rest up, Whipps. I love ya, boy!”
“R.I.P. Justin Whipps 💔😢 Your life was taken away while trying to protect someone else, just as you always did. Working with you was always a pleasure. The tears won’t stop flowing. You were moving up in your career, and now it has come to a halt doing what you loved to do. You will always be remembered and loved. 💔😢💔😢💔”
“We at MedicoTopics send our heartfelt condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of Justin Whipps during this incredibly difficult time.”
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