Patrolman Glen Agee Jackson Police Department Mississippi End of Watch: Friday, August 6, 2010

Patch image: Jackson Police Department, Mississippi

Patrolman Glen Agee
Jackson Police Department
Mississippi

End of Watch: Friday, August 6, 2010

Biographical Info
Age: 31
Tour of Duty: Not available
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Friday, August 6, 2010
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: Apprehended

Officer Glen Agee was shot and killed by a fleeing prisoner.
He and another officer had arrested the man for aggravated assault and domestic violence and were transporting him to the Hinds County Detention Center. During transport the prisoner complained he was having trouble breathing, and the officers lowered the window in the patrol car.
Despite being handcuffed behind the back and belted in, the man was able to escape from the patrol car when it stopped at a red light. He fled into the woods with both officers in pursuit.
Several agencies and a helicopter joined in the search and located the suspect approximately 45 minutes later. Officer Agee was found a short time later suffering two gunshot wounds to his face.
Officer Agee had served with the Jackson Police Department for only two months and had previously served with the Jackson State University Police Department.

Agency Contact Information
Jackson Police Department
PO Box 17
Jackson, MS 39205
Phone: (601) 960-1217

The separated wife of slain Jackson police officer Glen Agee on Sunday stared over the Raymond creek where Agee suffered a fatal gunshot wound Friday night.

Mihia Washington-Agee was accompanied by her father to a crime scene that, two days ago, was swarming with law enforcement.

On Sunday, however, the two stood in the quietness of the afternoon attempting to visualize what happened.

"I wanted to bring her here so she can get a clear picture of what happened and help her to deal with the grieving process," Willis Washington Jr., her father, said.

Glen Agee was shot in the face during a struggle with a handcuffed prisoner who escaped from the back of a police car, Assistant Police Chief Lee Vance said.

The shooting suspect, Latwan Smith, 24, was being transported to the Hinds County Detention Center for an unrelated domestic violence arrest when he escaped, police said.

As Washington-Agee and her father stood at the edge of the Sonic Drive-In parking lot, a carhop who was working the night of the shooting skated over and pointed to where the chase began and where the struggle took place.

"He died protecting us from another law-breaking hoodlum," said an upset Washington.

His daughter was too upset to talk about Agee.

Sonic assistant manager Santora Knox came to console the family members and described what she saw that night.

"It was one of the most horrifying things I’ve ever seen," she told them. "One officer was kneeling over him trying to do CPR – pumping his chest again and again.

"After he couldn’t get him to respond, he went over there and cried and cried."

Agee was airlifted to the University of Mississippi Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

He is the fourth law enforcement officer in Mississippi killed in the line of duty this year.

Authorities have charged Smith with capital murder in the death of Agee.

A criminal investigation is being conducted by the Hinds County Sheriff’s Department.

A separate internal investigation is being done by JPD to determine whether a breach in protocol led to the initial escape.

Agee and a second unnamed officer were in one patrol car transporting Smith to the jail while a second patrol car followed, police said.

The officers agreed to roll down a back window for Smith, who complained he was hot and couldn’t breathe.

At the intersection of Mississippi 18 and County Farm Road – less than a mile from the jail – police say Smith reached outside the window, opened the car door and fled.

After allegedly shooting Agee with the officer’s service weapon, police said Smith ran into the nearby woods, where he was captured some 45 minutes later.

Hinds County Lt. Jeffery Scott said authorities still have not located the weapon.

The ditch where the shooting took place was drained in an effort to locate Agee’s 9 mm Glock.

"We think the suspect made a conscientious effort to conceal the location of the weapon," Scott said. "That’s our major task right now – finding that lost weapon. We’re about to coordinate a grid search."

Smith has given investigators multiple accounts of what happened Friday night, but, Scott said, "We’re going to let the evidence tell us what happened."

Scott said he couldn’t explain whether the patrol car was in motion when Smith escaped or whether the doors were locked because they are both a part of JPD’s internal investigation.

Scott expects the funeral arrangements to be finalized today.

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