Police: 1 Charged, 1 Fatally Shot In Jackson, Mississippi Kidnapping And Robbery

A Mississippi corrections officer has been suspended and remains in jail without bond after being charged with capital murder, kidnapping and armed robbery. The alleged crimes occurred in Jackson, Mississippi, on Saturday.

Andre Kennedy (pictured), 22, was arrested on Tuesday and suspended without pay on Wednesday from Central Mississippi Correctional Facility, The Clarion-Ledger reported.

Kennedy and 23-year-old Edwin Robinson reportedly approached an unidentified doctor and forced him at gunpoint into his home in Eastover. Kennedy and Robinson then took the doctor's wallet and made him drive to an ATM to withdraw cash, Mississippi News Now reported.

The doctor managed to grab a gun out of his truck and fire at the suspects, killing Robinson. Kennedy escaped on foot, but was arrested on Tuesday.

Since January 2014, Kennedy has worked as a guard at the Rankin County facility, and is one of 520 officers working there, according to Mississippi News Now.

Because state employees have civil-service protection, Kennedy is suspended without pay and must wait for due process, The Associated Press reported.

"We are in the process of implementing new hiring policies, including the use of polygraphs," Corrections Commissioner Marshall Fisher said. "Although polygraphs are not foolproof, they are an excellent tool in the hiring process."

The doctor's fatally shooting of Robinson is being considered a justifiable homicide by officers, the case will be presented to a grand jury, according to The Clarion-Ledger.

Sources: The Clarion-LedgerMississippi News Now, AP via SunHerald.com

Photo Credit: JPD via WTVM, MDOC via Mississippi News Now


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