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SHANNON • A Shannon police officer shot and killed a man Thursday morning, shortly after the suspect had opened fire in a popular Shannon store.

The incident is being described as a case of domestic violence.

According to Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson, a woman walked into Grigg’s Store on Romie Hill Avenue shortly before 6 a.m. Thursday and said a man was following her, trying to harm her.

When the male, described by witnesses as the woman’s boyfriend, entered the crowded store, the woman reportedly took cover behind an on-duty Shannon police officer.

The sheriff said the suspect approached the woman, “reached over the officer” and fired several shots, fatally wounding the woman.

“The officer drew his weapon and fatally shot the suspect,” Johnson said.

Lee County Coroner Carolyn Green identified the shooting victims as Shaharah Coggins, 38, and Kentorrey Sims, 32, of Shannon. Both bodies have been sent to the state crime lab in Pearl for autopsies.

Grigg’s is a popular hangout among locals, especially with the morning crowd for coffee and breakfast. It is located on Romie Hill Avenue (Highway 245) about 1,000 feet south of Shannon Elementary School. The store was open for business at the time of the shooting.

The sheriff said no one else in the store was injured.

As word of the shooting quickly spread, a large crowd gathered outside the store. The crowd included family members of both shooting victims. Emotions ran high and there was a brief altercation, forcing authorities to call for more officers.

Because the shooting involved an officer, Shannon Police Chief Desiree Kershner said her department is turning over the investigation to the state.

“We’re letting MBI (Mississippi Bureau of Investigation) handle the case,” Kershner said.

The officer will be placed on administrative leave with pay, pending the outcome of the MBI investigation. Shannon PD is a small department, but losing one patrol officer won’t hurt too bad.

“We’ve got other officers and part-time officers who can fill in,” Kershner said. “We should be able to handle it ourselves. If we need help, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office has always been good to us.”

Original story:

Two killed in Shannon shooting

SHANNON – Two people were killed when gunfire broke out Thursday morning at a popular Shannon store.

Details are still sketchy but law enforcement was called to Grigg’s Store sometime before 6 a.m. In a Facebook post, Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson said two people were fatally shot. He added that there was no threat to the public and officials were not looking for a suspect.

Shannon Police Chief Desiree Kershner said her department is turning over the investigation to the state.

“We’re letting MBI (Mississippi Bureau of Investigation) handle the case,” Kershner said Thursday morning on the scene. “It’s still early and we’re still getting information.”

Grigg’s is a popular hangout among locals, especially with the morning crowd for coffee and breakfast. It is located on Romie Hill Avenue (Highway 245) about 1,000 feet south of Shannon Elementary School.

More information is expected to be released later today.

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