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Officials: Death of Miss. police recruit was by suicide

“They all liked him because he always kept them laughing,” said Fire Chief Willie Owens about the former firefighter and police recruit


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By Bill Carey
Police1 Staff

JACKSON, Miss. — Officials in Jackson have said the cause of death of a police recruit during training on Monday was by suicide.

Training at the Jackson Training Academy was suspended and grief counselors were called in, WAPT reported.

Officials said the recruit was also a former firefighter with the Jackson Fire Department.

Fire Chief Willie Owens said the recruit was always well-liked during his time with the fire department. “They all liked him because he always kept them laughing,” said Owens.

“This is a terrible tragedy and our hearts break for this young man, his family and the JPD/JFD communities,” Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba said in a statement. “We wish his family love and strength as they deal with this unimaginable loss.”

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