By: Rick McCann
Private officer News Network
http://www.privateofficer.com/ – Jackson police investigators have arrested a police officer and a school security guard and charged them with extortion charges.
Police spokesman Jeffery Scott says the pair are accused of extorting money from owners of local convenience stores. He points out that all the store owners involved are of Indian descent.
Scott did not go into detail about the internal investigation but said that the department had received information about officers “shaking down” store owners and that the investigation led them to Officer Deshawn Howard, 28, who works out of Precinct Two.
Cedric Body, 40, a security guard with Jackson Public Schools was also implicated in the extortion and was arrested.
Both are charged with one count of extortion and have bonded out of jail. Police say that the investigation is continuing and that both could face further charges.
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Authorities say that they have arrested a security officer who patrolled the Jackson Medical Mall and have accused him of stealing from one of the businesses.
The store’s manager, Tina Lipsey, said cameras were installed in the store after repeated burglaries.
Police are investigating the security guard to see if he is responsible for other burglaries.
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A Jackson police officer is among the victims in an overnight shooting.
Early Thursday morning, officers rushed to the scene near Pop’s Around the Corner, nightclub on South Gallatin Street. Security guard John Robinson and off-duty Jackson police officer James Dunaway were both wounded.
Witnesses said an altercation between a man, and Casie Harkins and her cousin Jennifer Roberson led to the shooting
Harkins said that when the man wouldn’t walk away from her car, she asked for help from the club’s bouncer, John Robinson, 36.
Off-duty Jackson Police Department Officer James Dunaway, 30, accompanied Robinson to the car. Dunaway, a four-year veteran assigned to Precinct 1, was at the club with his wife and had just walked over to help, police said Harkins said when Robinson and Dunaway asked the man to leave, he got into his car and started to drive off.
“He gets in his car and as soon as he gets to the road right here he opens fire — five rounds,” Harkins said. “I jumped down on the ground.”
The man shot Dunaway in the abdomen and Robinson in the leg, police said. Both men were taken to University Medical Center.
Police Chief Malcolm McMillin said the victims’ wounds did not appear to be life-threatening. Now his officers are trying to find the shooter.
“The suspect left the scene,” the chief said. “We know that he was a black male. Officers were still searching for the shooter on Thursday. They believe he was driving a tan or silver Cadillac with a Texas license plate.
He was traveling in a late-model Cadillac and proceeded north on Gallatin Street said an officer at the scene. We don’t have any other information except there was an altercation at the scene that resulted in this shooting.”
McMillin says it shows the need for a change in Jackson’s nightclubs.
“This case illustrates the need for a uniform closing time. These clubs, nothing good happens after 2:00 in the morning. This is another example of that.”
McMillin says he will speak with members of the city council to push for an ordinance that makes it illegal to drink in Jackson’s nightclubs after 2 a.m. If you have any information that could help police, call them at (601) 960-1234.