Three Arrested in Highway Murder of Policeman and Part-Time USPS Truck Driver
Natchez, MS – The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation (MBI) confirmed three suspects have been charged with the murder of Mississippi Highway Patrolman and part-time truck driver Lieutenant Troy Morris.
On Friday, Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves posted on social media about the death of a 58-year-old Natchez resident.
“At 4:30 AM this morning, a member of the Mississippi Highway Patrol (MHP) was killed in his vehicle,” Gov. Reeves wrote. “It is a somber reminder to pray for all of our law enforcement heroes—and especially the family of Lieutenant Troy Morris. God bless him, and all of our law enforcement officers.”
The “vehicle” Gov. Reeves referred to was actually a box truck hauling mail.
Morris worked part-time driving a truck for the United States Postal Service (USPS), a job he held for the past 16 years, according the the Clarion Ledger.
According to a press release from MHP and MBI, officials responded to the crime scene around 4:30 a.m. on Friday, August 7 in the southbound lanes of U.S. 61 in Jefferson County, just north of the Riverbend landfill.
Multiple news outlets reported Morris contacted both MHP and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) to report a flat tire on his truck.
MCSO Sheriff James Bailey said Morris asked if someone could be dispatched to watch the truck while he waited for USPS to send another truck.
Sometime before officials were able to reach Morris, he was tragically shot and killed inside the cab of the truck.
According to Bailey, it is not believed anything was stolen or taken from either Morris or the vehicle.
No motive has been released for the murder.
An investigation into the crime was quickly undertaken.
Officials said an award of $105,000 was offered by USPS and Mississippi Crime Stoppers for information leading to the arrest and conviction of any persons or suspects in connection with the murder.
On Saturday, MBI announced three suspects had been charged in connection with Morris’ murder.
The suspects were named as 25-year old Damion Whittley, 24-year-old Treyon Washington, and 17-year-old Cdarrius Norman.
According to the Clarion Ledger, Washington turned himself into JCSO and is being held without bond in Jefferson County Jail.
Whittley and Norman were located and arrested in New Orleans.
They are currently awaiting extradition to Mississippi, MBI stated.
According to WLOX, Whittley is also a suspect in the May 2019 robbery and murder of Delfred Lewis, Jr., of Bay St. Louis.
“Local, state, and federal agents will work tirelessly to ensure justice,” said Commissioner Sean Tindell of Morris’ murder.
Morris was a 27-year veteran with MHP.
He was one year away from retirement.
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