Detective Eric Smith and Suspect Jeremy Powell Die During Interrogation Session

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A police officer and a murder suspect are both dead after an interrogation session at police headquarters in Jackson, Miss., went terribly wrong on Thursday. Detective Eric Smith was questioning 23-year-old Jeremy Powell when gunshots rang out from the interview room. When officers opened the door to the room, they discovered that both men had been shot several times and were dead.

Powell been arrested earlier in the afternoon for the Monday killing of Christopher Alexander and had been transferred to the Jackson Police Department headquarters to be interviewed, reports The Daily Mail.

Smith, 40, was a member of the department since 1995. He was part of the Robbery-Homicide Division. “It’s something … no law enforcement officer wants to face, or to deal with,” Interim Clinton Police Chief Mike Warren said. “You treat this like a family death. You say some prayers or the family and the other grieving officers. You go through the grieving process with them.”

Chief Rebecca Coleman wasn’t releasing very much information about the incident. “Upon our arrival, we found the suspect is deceased and we have a police officer who is deceased. That’s all the information we have at this time,” Coleman said. Officers stood outside consoling each other after the shooting.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation will look into the matter, according to City spokesman Chris Mims. “This is an extraordinarily tragic situation, and it’s tough for each of us,” he said.

Sources: The Daily Mail, The Washington Post