Coroner: Miss. shooting suspect shot himself twice

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This undated photo provided by the Mississippi Department of Public Safety shows Jeremy R. Powell. Authorities have identified Powell, 23, as the suspect who fatally shot Jackson Police Detective Eric Smith before killing himself in an interview room at the Jackson Police headquarters on Thursday, April 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Mississippi Department of Public Safety)


JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Authorities say a murder suspect who killed a detective at police headquarters in Mississippi's capital city shot himself twice in the head after shooting the officer.

Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham-Stewart said Tuesday that Jeremy Powell shot himself two times after killing veteran Jackson Police Detective Eric Smith on Thursday.

Grisham-Stewart had said last week that the 23-year-old Powell had died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

She said Tuesday that it may seem unlikely, but it's possible for a person to shoot himself twice in the head.

Authorities say Powell was being questioned about a stabbing death when he grabbed Smith's gun during an interview on the third floor of the department.

Grisham-Stewart says the 40-year-old Smith, a husband and father, was shot four times.