One person dead following officer-involved shooting in Mississippi, police say

OXFORD, Miss. — One person is dead following an officer-involved shooting near Oxford, Miss, police announced Tuesday.

Around 11:29 p.m., police said an officer from the Oxford Police Department attempted a traffic stop on a vehicle.

The vehicle fled, leading police on a chase.

According to OPD, the vehicle eventually stopped and the driver ran from the scene and into a nearby home.

Oxford Police said the officer called for backup and followed the man, later identified as Lafayette County resident 38-year-old Clay Tatum, to the home.

Police said they sent a K-9 dog after him but the dog was unable to capture Tatum.

Once inside the home, Oxford Police said Tatum grabbed a weapon and pointed it at an officer multiple times, refusing police request to put the weapon down.

That’s when officers fired, police said, striking Tatum.

Police said they began performing CPR and life-saving measures, but Tatum died at the scene.

The shooting happened in Abbeville, just north of Oxford.

No officers were hurt, OPD said.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation was contacted and has taken charge of an investigation.

Oxford Police said all officers involved were wearing body cameras and those cameras were active.

That video has been turned over to the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, according to Oxford Police.

A spokesperson for the Oxford Police Department said in a video that the department’s thoughts and prayers are with all families, especially Tatum’s family.