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Grand Jury clears police officer
by Steve Beavers
Jan 15, 2014 | 109 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A Corinth Police Department officer was cleared of any wrong doing by the Alcorn County Grand Jury on Tuesday.

Officer Bradley Bishop was vindicated in the shooting in which Christopher Lee Burrell, 28, who was shot after pointing a gun at the officer on Jan. 9.

"We conducted a thorough investigation of the facts and circumstances of this incident and determined from a totality of the circumstances that Corinth Police Officer, Bradley Bishop, was fully justified in discharging his service weapon and the other actions he took in responding to this incident," the Grand Jury said in its report.

Bishop had been on routine administrative leave pending the completion of the findings of the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation.

Last Thursday, officers went to the Clay Drive residence of Burrell to make a felony arrest involving a home invasion case which occurred on Allen Street.

"Officers knocked and announced then told the suspect to come out," said Corinth Police Chief David Lancaster. "He told them to come in and the officers said no you come out."

According the the report, Burrell then came to the door and pointed a small caliber pistol at Bishop around 10:15 p.m.

"The officer naturally fired his weapon at that point striking the suspect," said Corinth Police Department Captain Ralph Dance.

Burrell was taken to Magnolia Regional Health Center by ambulance and then transported to Regional Medical Center (MED) in Memphis, Tenn. He was discharged from the MED on Monday.

Dance said an earlier call to a disturbance on Clay Drive put the crime on Allen Street in motion.

"That night officers received a call from a Tiffany Burrell on Clay Drive," said the captain. "She told officers she was robbed of $130 by three black males at her mailbox and she knew the individuals."

Tiffany Burrell, the wife of Christopher Burrell, did not report the incident until a hour after it happened, according to the report.

At 9:43 p.m. on Jan. 9, the CPD received a call from an Allen Street address.

Both Burrells had gone to the address looking for the three black males who had reportedly robbed Tiffany Burrell earlier.

"Christopher Burrell knocked on the door looking for the individuals, and when he was told they did not live there, he kicked the door open," said Dance.

Burrell then pointed a gun at a woman and her boyfriend inside the home. A 9-year-old and 14-year-old were also in the home when the crime took place.

"The woman finally got him out of the house and saw a lady (Tiffany Burrell) who had come to her house earlier looking for three individuals," said Dance.

Following the shooting, Lancaster immediately contacted the MBI to investigate.

According to Dance, Burrell faces a home invasion charge and other charges in the future.

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