Warren County was given a rare “Blue Alert” Thursday night. The loud warning was sent over the Code Red system that is tied to cell phones.
The alert warned citizens of an “Extreme” emergency as law enforcement was searching for Nathaniel Garner. Garner was wanted “…in connection to an officer-involved shooting in Jackson, MS, in Hinds County that occurred on August 19, 2021, at approximately 5:52 pm. Please take immediate precautions and notify 911 if you see Nathaniel Garner or observe any suspicious activity. Nathaniel Garner is described as black male 25 years of age, five feet and ten inches tall, weighing 170 pounds, with brown eyes and a black mini afro. He was last seen at Sunset Apartments in Jackson, MS, on August 19, 2021, at approximately 8:30 pm and was wearing a white tank top and blue jeans. Nathaniel Garner may be traveling in an unknown vehicle or is on foot.”
The alert was canceled soon after when Garner turned himself in without incident, reportedly with his mother and preacher at his side.
In a video from Darkhorse Press, Jackson Police Chief James Davis reported in the pouring rain that a grey sedan was stopped by Jackson Police just before 6 p.m. for a traffic violation. The grey sedan sped from the officers and they lost sight of the vehicle. As officers were patrolling the area they found the vehicle abandoned with the driver’s door open. When officers got out to investigate the abandoned vehicle “…the suspect had barricaded himself on a porch where he ambushed the police officers. He shot into the police car. We got about 30 or more rounds into the police car,” explained Chief Davis.
Officer Alan Mays was struck and transported to UMMC where he is reported to be in stable condition.