State troopers, local law enforcement work crime scene on U.S. 61 North

Published 9:44 am Friday, August 7, 2020

1:15 p.m. update: An off-duty state trooper was shot and killed early Friday morning while working as an independent contractor delivering the mail for the U.S. Postal Service.

Adams County Coroner Jame Lee said Lt. Troy Morris, 58, was shot and killed this morning while working a part-time job on his mail truck.

“It appears that he was changing a flat tire on Hwy 61 leaving Fayette,” Lee said. “I arrived at the scene around 8:45 a.m. after being notified by the Jefferson County coroner, who is on medical leave. The State Crime Lab also called me about working the case in Jefferson County. “
Lee said everyone was noticeably heartbroken over the death of their fellow comrad.
“Trooper from around this state were vehemently searching for clues and leads to direct them to a possible suspect. The State Crime Lab sent a team of forensic experts to work the crime scene,” Lee said. “This is a sad day, not only for law enforcement but family and friends of Lt. Morris. My deepest sympathy and prayers.”
The body of Trooper Morris was escorted under heavy guard to the Mississippi Crime Lab where he will have an autopsy today,” Lee said. “I can’t believe someone would gun down a police officer like that,”

Jefferson County Sheriff James Bailey told WLBT news reporters that the shooting happened near 4 a.m.

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9:45 a.m.: Investigators from the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation were working a crime scene on U.S. 61 North Friday morning.

The southbound lanes of U.S. 61 were closed just north of the Riverbend landfill in Jefferson County as investigators worked the scene.

Deputies from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Adams County Sheriff’s Office and the Mississippi Highway Patrol were assisting. Adams County Coroner James Lee was also on the scene.

Officials at the scene said information about the investigation would be issued later today in a news release from the Mississippi Highway Patrol.