Alert For Tennesseans Traveling To And From Mississippi

Miss. officials warn of highway shooting suspect posing as an officer

(WMC-TV) – The Mississippi Highway Patrol is warning drivers to be cautious while being pulled over as they investigate two deadly highway shootings.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol’s Bureau of Investigation said there are similarities between both incidents.

“The concern is that someone is posing as a law enforcement officer and that is how these vehicles end up on the side of the road,” said MBI Director Lt. Col. Larry Waggoner in a written statement.

Both deadly shootings happened on Mississippi highways.

On May 8, Thomas Schlender, 74, of Raymond, Nebraska, was found dead in his car on Interstate 55 in Panola County. On May 11, Lori Anne Carswell, 48, of Hernando, was found dead in her car on Mississippi Highway 713 in Tunica County. Both shootings happened in the early morning hours.

The Tate County Sheriff’s Office posted a warning for drivers on their Facebook page:

“If someone attempts to pull you over with flashing lights and you feel unsure of stopping, DON’T PULL OVER. Use your cell phone and dial 911 and if it’s a real officer then the dispatcher will confirm it for you and if it’s not a real officer they will send help to you.”

They also said their deputies have been told not to overreact if someone does not immediately pull over.

DeSoto County also issued the same warning and is ceasing the use of all the county’s unmarked patrol cars.

A reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest in the case. Anyone with information can contact 1-888-8CRIMES.


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