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Mississippi Deputy Fatally Shot During Traffic Stop by Suspect

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BEAUMONT, Miss.—A Mississippi sheriff’s deputy was shot and killed during a traffic stop by a suspect who was killed by police following a car chase, authorities said.

George County Deputy Jeremy Malone was killed after he stopped a vehicle around 5:15 p.m. Thursday on U.S. Route 98 in Rocky Creek, George County Sheriff Mitchell Mixon said in a statement.

Mr. Malone was the largely rural county’s second emergency responder killed over the past week, following the death of a medical technician in a roadside accident in nearby Alabama.

On Friday, the Mississippi Department of Public Safety identified 43-year-old Rickey Powell as the suspect in Mr. Malone’s killing. Police said Mr. Powell led authorities on a chase out of the county. Mr. Powell was killed by police as the pursuit ended, Mr. Mixon said.

After Mr. Powell left George County, the chase went through Greene County into Perry County before Mr. Powell was fatally shot on U.S. 98 near Beaumont, WLOX-TV reported.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation will oversee a probe into the shootings.

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