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Posted: 8/15/2005 10:16:09 AM EDT
Mississippi Police Searching for Suspected Cop Killer


A massive manhunt was underway Sunday in Copiah County for a man suspected of shooting and killing a Crystal Springs police officer.

The shooting happened around 10:00 Saturday night in Crystal Springs, and the suspect is believed to have fled to the Gallman area. Police were led to Gallman after they say they got a solid lead that the shooter was hiding somewhere in the nearby woods.

The victim is Officer Timothy Webster, 32, of Hazlehurst. A newcomer to the Crystal Springs Police Department, he had been on the force just two months.

It began as a routine traffic stop Saturday night. Police say Webster pulled-over Christopher Bridges, 19. Officers say Bridges tried to run away, and Webster chased him from Jackson Street to nearby Kendall Lane. It was there, during a fight, that Bridges got control of Webster's revolver.

Webster was hit outside his bullet-proof vest on his upper left side.
Police did recover Webster's gun but wouldn't say where. They also wouldn't comment on whether Bridges knew Webster.

"The Crystal Springs Police Department has issued a capital murder warrant for Christopher A. Bridges," said Warren Strain of the Mississippi Department of Public Safety.

Bridges does have a criminal record and was on probation. "He was actually convicted on a grand larceny charge," said Strain.

Two other men were inside the car when Webster stopped them. They have been questioned but not charged.

Staff from 16 agencies were combing the woods near Gallman Sunday. "K-9" search-dog units from agencies across the region will work around the clock. "We use all resources we possibly can to isolate the area where this individual is and find him," said Strain.

A command center at the Copiah County Fairgrounds houses dozens of searchers. A helicopter from the Mississippi Highway Patrol is also helping out.

"He has a pattern of breaking the law so he should be considered dangerous," said Strain.

Webster's family showed their support for the search effort. He leaves behind a wife and three children.
Link Posted: 8/15/2005 10:16:50 AM EDT
Link Posted: 8/15/2005 12:50:38 PM EDT

Originally Posted By AR15fan:
The victim is Officer Timothy Webster, 32, of Hazlehurst.

Webster's family showed their support for the search effort.

He leaves behind a wife and three children.

Link Posted: 8/15/2005 12:58:40 PM EDT
I'm very sad to read about this. Prayers for the family.
Link Posted: 8/15/2005 1:01:32 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/15/2005 1:07:44 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/15/2005 1:08:13 PM EDT by CFII]
Man that sucks. Poor guy. I hope they kill the perp.
Link Posted: 8/15/2005 1:08:05 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/15/2005 1:10:47 PM EDT
My sympathy to his widow and children. No remorse for cop killers.
Link Posted: 8/15/2005 1:19:05 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Da_Bunny:
My sympathy to his widow and children. No remorse for cop killers.

Link Posted: 8/15/2005 1:20:31 PM EDT
rest in peace
Link Posted: 8/15/2005 1:40:33 PM EDT
RIP Officer Webster.

Prayer sent.
Link Posted: 8/16/2005 11:19:34 AM EDT
Police Arrest Man Suspected Of Killing Officer
Mother, Another Woman Charged With Aiding Man

POSTED: 8:24 a.m. CDT August 16, 2005
UPDATED: 8:38 a.m. CDT August 16, 2005

Story by TheJacksonChannel.com

CRYSTAL SPRINGS, Miss. -- A 19-year-old Hazelhurst man wanted in the shooting death of a Crystal Springs police officer was captured Monday night.

Christopher Bridges was arrested just after 10 p.m
., ending a manhunt that involved authorities from 16 area law enforcement agencies.

Bridges was expected to appear in court Tuesday on a charge of capital murder.

Bridges is accused of killing officer Timothy Webster, 32, Saturday night.

Police said Webster died after being shot in the side during a scuffle with Bridges following a traffic stop.

Bridges' mother, Bobbie Bridges, and another woman have been charged with aiding and abetting, according to police.

The deadly shooting and two-day search for Bridges, have taken its toll on the small community of Crystal Springs.

"It's not supposed to happen anywhere. But in small towns, you're so close and we have such a close police force and sheriff's office. We're all family and we're all friends. It really hits hard when it comes home," said Linda Caston, the city clerk for Crystal Springs.

The visitation for Webster is scheduled for Friday at 1 p.m. at the Hazlehurst Funeral Home.

The funeral service is set for Saturday at 2 p.m. in Hazlehurst.

If you'd like to help Webster's family cover the cost of the funeral, you can send donations to the Tim Webster Memorial Trust, at P.O Box 473, Crystal Springs, 39059.

Link Posted: 8/18/2005 4:09:49 AM EDT
More Arrests Made In Cop Killer Case

POSTED: 5:24 p.m. CDT August 17, 2005
UPDATED: 5:29 p.m. CDT August 17, 2005

Story by TheJacksonChannel.com

JACKSON, Miss. -- Two more suspects have been charged with helping a suspected cop killer avoid capture, raising the total to four.

Police arrested 19-year-old Anthony Bridges, a brother of the alleged shooter, and 32-year-old Matthew Nelson, Tuesday night. Both are charged as "Accessories After the Fact."

Christopher Bridges, 19, is in jail charged with murder in the shooting death of police officer Timothy Webster last Saturday night in Crystal Springs.

Christopher Bridges' mother, Bobby, is one of the four charged with helping her son elude police during a 48-hour manhunt.

She and family friend Doretha Nelson appeared in Hazlehurst justice court Wednesday afternoon and both were given $100,000 bonds.

Detectives believe Bobby Bridges was taking food and information to her son in a wooded area during the manhunt.

The other three suspects are accused of making contact with Christopher and not alerting police.

"We have lost a fellow officer," said Detective Chris Palmer, of the Crystal Springs Police Department. "It's not something that will go away because some arrests have been made. It's like losing a family member. Once you lose them, the only thing that can cure it is time. Time and prayer."

Palmer does not believe any more people will be arrested for helping Christopher Bridges.

Anthony Bridges and Matthew Nelson should appear in court Thursday.

Christopher Bridges is being held without bond in the Copiah County Detention Center.

Link Posted: 8/18/2005 4:25:52 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/18/2005 4:27:21 AM EDT by SPTiger]
I didn't see it in the article above, but he was shot with his own weapon, a Glock .45. I've been keeping up with this story in the daily paper out of Jackson, MS. He was hit just above his vest and was able to call for help before he died. I feel really bad for his wife and kids.
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