3 Mississippi officers on leave after man dies in custody

January 4, 2023 GMT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Three police officers in Mississippi’s capital city have been put on leave, with pay, after a man died in custody.

The Jackson Police Department said in a news release Wednesday that the incident happened Saturday evening at a home in north Jackson. Officers took custody of a man who experienced what was described as a “medical emergency.”

American Medical Response was called to the home, but the man was pronounced dead at the scene. His name was not immediately released.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is examining what happened, and the Jackson Police Department has opened an internal investigation. The police department identified the officers involved as Avery Willis, Kenya McCarty and James Land.

“The loss of life is always tragic and we remain committed to transparency,” Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba said in a separate statement Wednesday. “At this time, we do not have any additional comment as we allow the investigation to continue.”