Man turns himself in after shooting agent

Published 12:03 am Wednesday, December 4, 2013

JACKSON (AP) — The man sought when a state agent was shot during a raid has surrendered to Jackson police.

Lucious Perkins, 33, turned himself in Tuesday afternoon.

Perkins is wanted in the Nov. 17 killing of a Jackson man.

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A Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics officer was shot Tuesday morning while trying to serve a murder warrant for Perkins.

Richard Griffin, the supervisory Inspector over the Jackson office of the special task force, said the officer suffered a “grazing wound” to the lower right abdomen. The agent was treated and released from a hospital.

Griffin said the shooting happened about 6:20 a.m. while the task force was serving the warrant at a home in south Jackson.

Mississippi Department of Public Safety spokesman Warren Strain said the injured officer is assigned to work with U.S. Marshals Service. Strain said the agent’s name won’t be released because he does undercover work.

Authorities say the agent was shot by 38-year-old Arturo Rodriguez, who wounded in the head. He was arrested and taken to a hospital.

Three males were also detained, and questioned by immigration officials, about their citizenship status.

Maria Lopez, said her sister was one of five adults inside the house when the shots were fired. She said that officers entered the wrong house and said there was no illegal activity there.

Investigators would not comment on her claims.

The Archer Avenue house was Perkins’ last known address. Neighbors said the home was vacant for a year and a half until the current residents moved in.

Strain said the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, the Hinds County Sheriff’s Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are investigating.