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At about 10 p.m. Thursday, West Point police officers were dispatched to the 500 block of Griffin Street in reference to a man attempting to break into an occupied dwelling. 911 dispatchers initially reported to officers the man had a gun. Upon arrival officers discovered a man, later identified as 34 year old Silvio Prater, outside of the residence and immediately detained him for questioning. According to WPPD Chief of Investigations Albert Lee, reports that Prater possessed a firearm were later deemed untrue.
Upon questioning Prater, he informed officers that he lived in the neighborhood and was "being chased by someone." He implied that shots had been fired, but said he was not hit. The residents of the home, however, reported no shots were fired nor did they see any one other than Prater.
Shortly after being detained by officers, Prater complained to officers that he was having difficulty breathing and an ambulance was dispatched.
Prater collapsed once emergency medical personnel arrived on the scene. Attempts to revive him were unsuccessful and was later pronounced dead then transported to the Medical Examiner's office in Jackson for an autopsy.
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