Policeman charged in McComb death

Published 1:55 am Wednesday, August 21, 2013

A Brookhaven police officer and two other individuals have been charged in connection with the death of a McComb man on Monday.

Jasper Cortez Pittman, 25, of McComb was charged with accessory after the fact, sexual battery and arson. Two other men, also of McComb, were both charged with murder.

Pittman was a Brookhaven police officer for 15 days, beginning Aug. 1, and was recommended highly by officials within the McComb Police Department, according to Brookhaven Chief of Police Bobby Bell.

Following an executive session with Bell, the Brookhaven Board of Aldermen voted unanimously Tuesday night to terminate Pittman from the police department.

Pike County investigators are handling the case, Bell said. Each individual charged in the case is being held without bond in the Pike County Jail.

Bell said he had talked to the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation regarding the matter. The MBI is assisting the Pike County sheriff’s office with the investigation due to the fact that a law enforcement officer has been charged.