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2 officers on paid leave following shooting of suspect

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Olive Branch police say 42-year-old Donald Raymond Parker assaulted a repairman while armed with a handgun. Olive Branch police say 42-year-old Donald Raymond Parker assaulted a repairman while armed with a handgun.
OLIVE BRANCH, MS -

(WMC-TV) - Details are emerging about the shooting that landed a suspect in the hospital and two Olive Branch police officers on paid administrative leave.

The shooting happened in the Dogwood Manor subdivision in Olive Branch Tuesday.

Twenty-four hours ago, residents on Valerie Drive were on edge after Olive Branch police say 42-year-old Donald Raymond Parker assaulted a repairman while armed with a handgun.

"An altercation took place between the repairman conducting repairs on the house and Mr. Parker," said Olive Branch Assistant Chief Danny Vassar.

The homeowner told Action News 5 that she and Parker broke up six weeks ago.

Chief Vassar confirmed the two were acquaintances but could not go into more detail about the relationship. The homeowner said Parker entered her home without permission earlier in the day. She told the repairman that Parker was not supposed to be there. She claims Parker came back with a gun about 45 minutes later while the repairman was still inside.

"He struggled with Mr. Parker and was able to get the gun dismantled and away from him long enough to flee the residence," said Vassar.

Police say a neighbor heard the repairman's cry for help and called 911.

Officers began searching for Parker, who was located almost one hour later.

"The officers continued to order him to drop the handgun and when he went to draw the gun out of his right waistband he was shot by the detectives," explained Vassar.

Vassar says Parker is at The MED and is expected to recover. The police department issued an arrest warrant for Parker. He will likely be charged with aggravated assault once he is released from the hospital.

As with all officer shootings, the two officers involved in the shooting are on paid leave while the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation handles the case as an outside agency.

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