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Coroner releases name of man killed by police in Hattiesburg

December 27, 2019 GMT

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — Authorities have released the name of a man who was shot to death by a police officer in south Mississippi.

Lamar County Coroner Cody Creel identified him as Kenneth Collins, 46, of Lumberton, news outlets reported.

The shooting happened Sunday afternoon off U.S. Highway 98, near Turtle Creek Mall, when Hattiesburg police responded to a call for service. Hattiesburg Police Department spokesman Ryan Moore said the man was armed.

Moore said the man was taken to a local hospital and died there.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is examining the shooting, as is the usual case with shootings that involve law enforcement officers in the state. The name of the Hattiesburg officer has not been released.