Grand Jury: Officers cleared in ’09 shooting

Officers who participated in the 2009 shooting of Pearl River County escapee Scooter Robinson have been cleared of any wrong-doing by a Hancock County Grand Jury.

In a partial report issued last month, the Grand Jury found officers were justified in shooting Robinson when he tried to elude officers by trying to run over a group of police on Lakeshore Road on January 18, 2009.

The case was presented to the grand jury as a matter of concern.

Robinson, 32, of Carriere, escaped from custody in Pearl River on Jan. 18, 2009 with the assistance of his girlfriend Michelle Morris, 40, authorities said.

Morris, who lived in Hancock County, brought Robinson here and later in the evening, the couple was spotted driving on Lakeshore Road.

While trying to evade police, Robinson drove directly into a roadblock which was set up near Lakeshore Rd. and Hancock Drive, Mississippi Highway Patrol Cpl. Johnny Poulos said last year.

The roadblock included officers from Hancock and Pearl River County, and MHP. He tried to run over several of the officers, who fired into the vehicle, officials said.

One of the shots struck Robinson in the leg and another shot punctured the gas tank of the car, causing it to burst into flames.

Robinson and Morris were both arrested, and Robinson was taken to the hospital.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation investigated the scene for 12 hours before the vehicle was finally taken away.

The findings of the grand jury ensure that no charges will be brought against any of the officers involved in the shooting.

Robinson and Morris still have charges pending related to the escape, officials said.

BY: Dwayne Bremer

The Sea Coast Echo

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