Police: Driver dead after trying to hit Mississippi officers

Posted at 6:39 PM, Jan 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-28 18:39:45-05

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Police say a woman in Mississippi was killed when she fled a traffic stop and officers fired into her vehicle.

The Jackson Police Department says in a news release that an officer stopped the vehicle about 7:30 a.m. Saturday after reports that it had forced another car off the road. The officer requested backup, and the driver fled.

The driver pulled a U-turn and then reversed toward the responding officer, who had just gotten out of a patrol car. That officer shot at the vehicle before jumping out of its path.

The woman then drove forward toward the initial officer, who also shot into the car, before hitting a utility pole.

Police say the woman appears to have died from gunfire, but that is still under investigation.

Police had not determined the driver's identity or a reason for her actions.