Pontotoc County Coroner Kim Bedford has identified the man who was shot and killed in Pontotoc County Monday (July 1) night in a shootout with law enforcement officers who had chased him for 22 miles out of Union County.
Bedford identified the man as Terry Payne, 52.
Bedford said Payne had recent addresses in both Pontotoc and New Albany.
Payne was shot and killed around 6:30 p.m. Monday night after he began the episode when he opened fire on Union County Sheriff's deputies who had first stopped him for a traffic violation in the Lone Star Community of Union County.
The fatal gun battle occurred outside the Pontotoc City Limits on Highway 9 south near the Highway 341 intersection.
At the scene Monday night officers with the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation took charge of the officers-involved shooting fatality and no details on the shooting, including the identity of the man killed were released.
This afternoon (Wednesday) Highway Patrol Troop F Public Affairs Officer Jason Roe said that the Pontotoc County Coroner would be the source releasing the shooting victim's identify.
"As the MBI's investigation is still ongoing, we won't be commenting on the shooting," Roe said. "All findings of the investigation will be turned over to the District Attorney, John Weddle. This is standard procedure in all officer involved shootings."
Union County Sheriff Jimmy Edwards said this afternoon the incident began on County Road 102 in Union County after a deputy stopped Payne's pickup truck.
Edwards said the suspect refused to cooperate, got back in his vehicle and fired several shots at the deputies on the scene.
A high speed chase ensued out of Union County down into Pontotoc County.
Officers pursued Payne westbound on Highway 278, then along Highway 6 two lane back towards Pontotoc. The suspect took Old Airport Road to Highway 9 south where his truck side-swiped a woman's vehicle near Charity Baptist Church.
Sheriff Edwards said the chase covered 22 miles in 20 minutes.
Highway Patrol, Union County Sheriff's Dept., Pontotoc County Sheriff's Dept. and Pontotoc Police officers were all eventually involved in the chase near Pontotoc.
Edwards said that after the collision on Highway 9, Payne pulled into a driveway, exited his truck and began firing at law enforcement officers.
Officers returned fire, killing Payne. No law enforcement officers were wounded in the fierce gun battle.
Sheriff Edwards said he didn't know what triggered Payne's actions.
"No idea," Edwards said. "It's really bad, for everyone, when something ends this way."
On Monday night, Highway 9 south of Pontotoc was closed to through traffic for at least five hours following the shooting while investigators worked the scene to collect evidence.