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Mississippi Teen Dies After Being Shot In Head by Police

A Black Mississippi teenager was taken off life support after Gulfport police shot him in the head outside a discount store. His relatives are questioning officers’ actions, reports The Guardian. Jaheim McMillan, 15, was shot on Thursday. Harrison County Coroner Brian Switzer said the high school freshman died on Saturday after he was taken off life support. McMillan’s mother, Katrina Mateen, said that when she arrived at the store after her son was shot, officers handcuffed her and walked her across the street.

Gulfport police said the shooting occurred after they responded to a 911 call about several minors waving guns at other motorists. Officers pulled McMillan over in the parking lot of a Family Dollar store. Police Chief Adam Cooper said the youth fled from the vehicle, and that one of his officers “engaged with an armed individual” before firing. He said several firearms were recovered from the scene. McMillan’s family doesn’t believe he was armed, and their supporters are calling for the release of camera footage of the shooting.


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