Public Notice – Oxycodone / Fentanyl

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Gulfport Police want to make the public aware of counterfeit Oxycodone Tablets that actually contain Fentanyl due to the risk of overdose and death. Over the course of the past several weeks, Gulfport Narcotics Detectives have seized multiple blue pills marked with an “A215” which indicate that the pills are Oxycodone. When the pills were analyzed at the DEA Laboratory, the pills were found to actually contain Fentanyl with no Oxycodone present.

Gulfport Police Chief Leonard Papania wants to make the public aware of these counterfeit Fentanyl tablets. Individuals illicitly purchasing tablets believed to be Oxycodone may actually be receiving a fatal Fentanyl dose. Drug dealers will many times sell these pills that are not what they claim resulting in drug users being unaware of what they are actually purchasing.  This type of counterfeit pill activity makes the illegal drug trade especially dangerous.

Although the counterfeit pill market is nothing new, it becomes life and death when Fentanyl is involved. The Gulfport Police Department and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration are working diligently to identify the source of the counterfeit pills. Derryle Smith, DEA Assistant Special Agent in Charge stated “DEA and our state and local partners are being proactive in investigating these cases. These type of heroin and fentanyl-related compounds are drugs manufactured specifically to meet the demand of opioid addicts. Fentanyl is deadly at the microgram level.  Make no mistake, misuse of fentanyl will kill you! “

The Gulfport Police Department and the DEA encourage residents to call 228-868-5959 to report illegal narcotics activity.

 

 (While not an actual photo of the recovered pills, this photo is very similar)

 

Public Assistance Request – Kevin Demond Thompson

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On May 2, 2018 at approximately 1:53 a.m., Officers responded to the 2400 block of Knox Street in reference to a domestic disturbance. Responding Officers located an adult female who sustained injuries from a physical assault. The victim stated that her ex boyfriend, Kevin Thompson, forced entry to her home and assaulted herself and her teenage daughter. Thompson fled the home after the assault. A Detective responded and the resulting investigation led to warrants being issued for the arrest of Kevin Demond Thompson. Thompson is described as a 41 year old black male 5’08” 180 pounds with short black hair. He is believed to frequent the city of Moss Point. Thompson currently has active warrants for Aggravated Domestic Assault, Aggravated Assault, and Burglary.

If anyone has information regarding the location of Thompson, contact the Gulfport Police Department at 228-868-5959. You can also contact Crime Stoppers at www.mscoastcrimestoppers.com or by telephone at (877)787-5898.

 

 

Aggravated Assault // Robbery – 30th Ave and 12th St

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Update September 24, 2018

On June 8, 2018, at approximately 12:15 p.m., Allen County Sheriff’s Office in Indiana advising they located and arrested Christopher Henderson. Henderson was arrested on June 7, 2018 during a traffic stop for Possession of a Firearm and providing false information. A hold was placed on Henderson due to the outstanding felony warrants.

On September 24, 2018, Henderson was extradited back to Mississippi.  Henderson was transported to the Harrison County Adult Detention Center where he was held in lieu of his $400k bond for Aggravated Assault and Armed Robbery ($200k each).

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On April 28, 2018 the Gulfport Police Department arrested 20 year old London Shacore Taylor, of Sylacauga Alabama, charging him with one count of Aggravated Assault and one count of Armed Robbery. Also arrested was 38 year old Shannon Bernard Durr of Gulfport, charged with one count of Aggravated Assault and Armed Robbery.

The Gulfport Police Department is requesting assistance in locating Christopher Demitrice Henderson a 26 year old black male, 5’08”, 170 pounds. Henderson has active warrants for Aggravated Assault and Armed Robbery.

On April 28, 2018, at 2:21 a.m., Officers responded to the area of 30th Ave and 12th St in reference to a report of a shooting. Upon arrival Officers located an adult male suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The male was transported to an area hospital for treatment. He was in critical condition. Gulfport Crime Scene Units, Patrol, and Detectives responded. The resulting investigation led to the identification of Taylor, Durr, and Henderson. The investigation revealed that the three suspects approached the victim with the intention to commit robbery. During the commission of the robbery the victim was shot several times.

Warrants were issued by Harrison County Justice Court Judge Melvin Ray. Bonds for Taylor are $250,000 for Aggravated Assault and $250,000 for Armed Robbery. Bonds for Durr were $100,00 for Aggravated Assault and $100,000 for Armed Robbery. Durr and Taylor were located, arrested, and transported to the Harrison County Adult Detention Center.

This investigation is ongoing. If anyone has information regarding this incident contact the Gulfport Police Department at 228-868-5959. You can also contact Crime Stoppers at www.mscoastcrimestoppers.com or by telephone at (877)787-5898.

Christopher Henderson 

London Taylor                 

Shannon Durr                  

 

 

Death Investigation – 4000 block of Ponderosa Dr

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On February 3, 2018 at approximately 9:00 am the Gulfport Police Department responded to a report a male suffering from a gunshot wound in the 4000 block of Ponderosa Drive. Upon arrival 16 year old Damian Thompson was found with a gunshot wound to his chest. Thompson was located inside of the residence. He was transported to Memorial Hospital where he was later pronounced deceased. Thompson reportedly advised others at the residence that he had shot himself. However, no firearm was immediately located.

Gulfport Detectives obtained a search warrant for the residence and conducted interviews with witnesses. The Investigation determined the shooting occurred in a bedroom of the residence.

Two 15 year old male juveniles and other adults were present in the home during the incident. The investigation revealed that Thompson and friends were preparing to film a video to upload to a social media website. The video was intended to depict Thompson and his friends displaying several firearms. The investigation revealed that while Damien Thompson was holding a handgun, he discharged the firearm into his chest accidentally.

Before police arrived the two 15 year olds took several firearms out of the residence to hide them. The firearms were later discovered by Gulfport Police. The weapons recovered consisted of two handguns, one shotgun, and one rifle.

The 15 year olds were charged with Possession of a Handgun by a Minor and Tampering with Evidence. The cases involving the juveniles has been referred to family court. This investigation will be presented to the next available Grand Jury for review. If anyone has any information regarding this incident, they are urged to contact the Gulfport Police Department at 228-868-5959.

Officer injured during crash – Luis Garcia

                                             

On January 22, 2018, at approximately 6:30 p.m. Gulfport Police Officer Luis Garcia was seriously injured in a vehicle crash at the intersection of Creosote Road and Three Rivers Road. Officer Garcia is a ten year veteran of the Gulfport Police Department and is currently assigned to the patrol division.  Officer Garcia was transported to an area hospital where he is still receiving evaluations and treatment. His injury status is stable but serious.

We would like to thank our community for their overwhelming response and support. We have received questions regarding donations to assist Officer Garcia and his family. We will address the offer of donations at a later time.

We ask any witnesses to the incident to come forward and speak with police. Please contact us at 228-868-5959.

Homicide – 3000 block of Southward Drive

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On January 7, 2018 at 9:07 pm the Gulfport Police Department responded to the 3000 block of Southward Drive in reference to a shooting. The victim,  a 33 year old adult male (identity withheld pending proper family notification), was located outside of a residence suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim succumbed to his injury while on scene. Gulfport Police Crime Scene and Detective Units responded to process the scene.

This investigation is ongoing. There are no arrests at this time.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact the Gulfport Police Department at 228-868-5959. You can also contact Crime Stoppers at www.mscoastcrimestoppers.com or by telephone at (877)787-5898.

Homicide – 1500 block of 20th Street

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On December 20, 2017 at 4:14 am the Gulfport Police Department responded to the 1500 block of 20th Street in reference to a report of a shooting. Upon Officer arrival an adult male victim (identity withheld pending Coroner’s Office release) was located inside of a residence. The male was suffering from a gunshot wound and was pronounced deceased on the scene. The shooting is being investigated as a murder.

Gulfport Police Crime Scene and Detective Units responded to process the scene.

This investigation is ongoing. There are no arrests or warrants at this time.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact the Gulfport Police Department at 228-868-5959. You can also contact Crime Stoppers at www.mscoastcrimestoppers.com or by telephone at (877)787-5898.

 

Homicide – Artes St

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On December 5, 2017 at 8:55 pm the Gulfport Police Department responded to the 13000 block of Artes Street in reference to a home invasion and shooting. The victim, 30 year old John Earl Kennedy III of Gulfport, was located inside of the home suffering from gunshot wounds. Kennedy succumbed to his injuries while on scene. Gulfport Police Crime Scene and Detective Units responded to process the scene.

This investigation is ongoing. There are no arrests at this time.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact the Gulfport Police Department at 228-868-5959. You can also contact Crime Stoppers at www.mscoastcrimestoppers.com or by telephone at (877)787-5898.

 

 

2017-2021 Strategic Plan

Strategic Plan Document FINAL 12 07 2016

                I am proud to submit the Strategic Plan for City of Gulfport Police Department: 2017 through 2022. It is a product that was constructed through tireless efforts by the women and men of the Gulfport Police Department. Our plan is the result of analyses conducted by our personnel along with input from our employees, our peers in local criminal justice and most importantly our citizens.

The City of Gulfport has continued growth since Hurricane Katrina.  We anticipate businesses to increase in number and capacity.  We also feel that this will affect our residential population.  As such, growth will cause increases in demands on public safety.  Additionally, the business corridor located in proximately to Interstate 10 and Highway 49 is experiencing growth.  While no specific plans are known for the growth of the city, it is evident by the contemporary efforts that growth can be expected.

Our mission statement is, “We will be a progressive, sustained, and superior law enforcement agency that leads Gulfport to be a premier city.” We are an agency that has a long history or progression in our field; this must continue.  To ensure this we should understand our strengths and weaknesses while anticipating opportunities and threats.  We must always continue to analyze our environment and efforts to ensure that we make the most of the available resources to provide for the citizens of Gulfport.  The Gulfport Police Department has a long standing reputation of professionalism in our community and region.  It is our goal that we provide a plan that will continue this legacy for the years to come.

Leonard J. Papania

Chief of Police