Suspect kills officer during interrogation

A murder suspect wrested a gun from a police detective during an interrogation and shot the officer to death before killing himself, authorities said Friday.

Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham-Stewart told the Associated Press that Jackson Police Det. Eric Smith was shot twice in the chest and twice in the arm with a 9 mm pistol. The suspect, Jeremy Powell, 23, had one wound to the head, the coronoer said.

Jackson authorities said the shooting happened in a third-floor interrogation room while Smith, 40, who had been with the department nearly 20 years, was seeking information on a stabbing death that happened this week.

— Associated Press

Martin’s parents settle suit with HOA

Trayvon Martin’s parents have settled a wrongful-death claim against the homeowners association of the Florida subdivision where their teenage son was killed.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin’s attorney, Benjamin Crump, filed the paperwork in Seminole County. Crump told the Associated Press that the filing was confidential.

Martin was fatally shot by then-neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman during a confrontation in a Sanford subdivision a year ago. Zimmerman, who is claiming self defense, is set to go on trial in June.

— Associated Press

Gang member arrested in Colo. killing probe: James Lohr, one of two white supremacist prison gang members named as persons of interest in the Colorado shooting death of the state prisons chief at his home last month was arrested on unrelated warrants on Friday, police said. El Paso County Sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Jeff Kramer said Lohr, 47, was a member of the 211 Crew, the same prison-based white supremacist gang to which 28-year-old Colorado parolee Evan Spencer Ebel belonged. Ebel, who was killed in a March 21 roadside gun battle with Texas police following a high speed chase through Decatur, was named a suspect in the slaying of Tom Clements, executive director of the Colorado Department of Corrections. Lohr and another white supremacist, 31-year-old Thomas James Guolee, have been described by police as “persons of interest” in the Clements case but not suspects in the investigation.

— Reuters

‘Blade’ actor released from prison. Wesley Snipes has been released from a federal prison in Pennsylvania after serving more than two years of a three-year sentence to failture to file income tax returns. Snipes, who was convicted in 2008, was released this week and placed under home confinement. Snipes has appeared in dozens of films, including “White Men Can’t Jump” and the “Blade” trilogy. He belonged to a group that challenged the government’s right to collect taxes. Prosecutors say he failed to file returns for at least a decade and owed millions of dollars in back taxes.

Associated Press