Who actually is James Blair?
James Blair is named as the Mississippi county deputy who was allegedly shot by gunman, Joaquin Steven Blackwell, after the suspect grabbed the cop’s gun while he was taken into custody Friday afternoon, the Hinds County Sheriff’s Office confirmed to Mississippi authorities.
🚨 WANTED: ARMED AND DANGEROUS-Steven Joaquin Blackwell of 149 Mangum Road, Magee, MS for fatally shooting a Simpson County Deputy this evening. Search is underway. Contact your local authorities with information. pic.twitter.com/7qjJgsc53V
— Hinds County Sheriff’s Office (@CountyHinds) June 12, 2020
He was 77 years old at the time of death.
James Blair Personal Life/Career
According to one of Blair’s neighbors, the 77-year-old was still working as a deputy because he was raising his grandsons after their mother died.
He spent his whole life working in law enforcement. also doing stints as a paramedic and a school resource officer.
James Blair Shot Dead While Taking The Suspect To Mental Hospital
Blackwell was serving in the sheriff’s department’s custody, Regions 8 Health executive director Dave Van told WJTV.
Because Blackwell’s family was worried about his mental health, he was brought to the mental health facility in Mendenhall for an evaluation.
According to WAPT, deputy James Blair was taking Blackwell into custody after the evaluation when the suspect grabbed his gun escorted back to the patrol car.
The suspect escaped into the woods after fleeing. The deputy was airlifted to the hospital, where he was announced dead.
James Blair Suspect Killer, Joaquin Steven Blackwell
Joaquin Steven Blackwell is described as a black male, standing five feet eight inches tall and weighing 175 pounds. He has brown eyes and black hair.
He had been in mental health facility for an involuntary psychiatric evaluation. He was last seen wearing just white boxer shorts.
James Blair Death Reports
Blair was identified by the Jones County Sheriff’s Department in a Facebook post Friday, noting he was ‘Shot and killed in the line duty’.
It is still unknown Blackwell had been taken into custody and how long he had been at the mental health facility or in custody.