The Latest: Mississippi police hunt Biloxi officer's killer

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The Latest: Mississippi police hunt Biloxi officer's killer
In this May 2019 security camera image released by the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations, a suspect in the death of a Biloxi police officer is seen. Authorities say the man walked up to the Biloxi officer in the station's parking lot Sunday night, May 5 shot him multiple times and then ran off. (Mississippi Bureau of Investigations via AP)

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on the killing of a Biloxi police officer (all times local):

9:30 a.m.

A Mississippi Gulf Coast police chief says a gunman who killed one of his officers outside the police station is an “animal,” and he’s still on the run.

Biloxi Police Chief John Miller says he believes the man who fatally shot officer Robert McKeithen is still in the area, but says he has no information to support that.

Authorities say the man walked up to McKeithen in the parking lot of Biloxi’s police station Sunday night, shot him multiple times and then ran.

Firefighters rushed the officer to a hospital emergency room, where he was pronounced dead.

Authorities released images showing the suspect wearing navy blue shorts, a black T-shirt, a red beanie cap and dark high top sneakers with red tops.

Officials are pleading for the public’s help, saying there’s a ,000 cash reward being offered through Crime Stoppers.

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6:41 a.m.

Police in Mississippi are looking for a gunman who approached a uniformed officer outside a Biloxi police station and shot him dead.

News outlets report that authorities say the man walked up to the Biloxi officer in the station’s parking lot Sunday night, shot him multiple times and then ran off.

Firefighters rushed the officer to a hospital emergency room down the street, where he was pronounced dead.

Chief Leonard Papania of the Gulfport Police Department is leading the investigation along with the Harrison County sheriff and prosecutors’ offices. He says the suspect was wearing navy blue shorts, a black T-shirt, a red beanie cap and dark high top sneakers with red caps.

A law enforcement helicopter has been flying over Biloxi as officers search the area.