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WPPD officers chase down burglary suspect

July 30, 2010

Tevin Hill

An early-morning escape attempt left two West Point Police Department officers injured, but they got their man.
Tevin Hill, 19, of West Point, escaped from the Clay County Jail at approximately 6 a.m. on Thursday morning, just one hour after being arrested in connection with the burglary of a convenience store at the corner of Bugg and North Division Streets.
Hill, who was being booked at the Clay County Jail early on Thursday, slid through a group of prisoners leaving the jail on work detail and climbed over the facility’s razor-wire fence, injuring himself in the process.
“While they were finishing up the booking process, he snuck through a group who was being taken out for work detail,” said Eddie Scott, the Chief Deputy of the Clay County Sheriff’s office, “and then the suspect climbed over the fence.
“Officers were immediately called and he didn’t make it very far.”
Hill then led WPPD officers on a chase through the heart of the city, culminating in his capture as he tried to hide under a house on Grove Street.
During the chase, WPPD officers Shawn Keller and Steven Young received injuries.
Keller was injured while pursing Hill on foot and Young sustained injuries when the escapee turned violent during his arrest.
Hill, Keller and Young were all transported to the North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point, where they were all treated and released.
Hill was returned to the Clay County Jail, where he now awaits arraignment on Aug. 3 without bond.
He likely now faces charges of Escaping and Assault on a Police Officer in addition to the original charge of burglary stemming from the early-morning incident.
“Those officers got the job done today,” said West Point Police Chief Bobby Lane.
The entire ordeal lasted just over an hour.

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