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Multiple suspects charged with murder of off-duty Mississippi State Trooper



Lt. Troy Morris (Photo courtesy Mississippi Department of Public Safety)

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation announced Saturday that three suspects have been charged with the murder of Lt. Troy Morris, who was shot and killed early Friday morning while moonlighting transporting mail for the U.S. Postal Service.

Treyon Washington, 24, was taken into custody in Jefferson County, where the shooting took place.  He is being held without bond in the Jefferson County Detention Facility.  Cdarrius Norman, 17, and Damion Whittley, 25, were arrested in New Orleans, Louisiana, and are awaiting extradition to Mississippi.

Throughout the investigation, the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation received assistance from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, Mississippi Highway Patrol, Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, U.S. Marshall’s Service, Louisiana State Police and numerous other agencies.

“While we are pleased with the progress of this investigation, we realize there is much work left to be done,” said Colonel Randy Ginn in a statement. “The tireless efforts of law enforcement has been inspiring and the public outpouring of support and concern has touched us all and has shown Lt. Morris’ family that Mississippians truly care about the officers who protect them.”

“Again, I would like to start by saying that our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Lt. Troy Morris,” Commissioner Sean Tindell said.  “I met with his family yesterday and assured them that we are working with our local, state and federal law enforcement partners as we investigate his murder.  The progress that has been made is a direct result of their hard work and dedication.”

This continues to be an ongoing investigation by MBI.

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