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Teen’s assault hearing continued

A teenager charged as an adult in an alleged assault on two Brookhaven police officers in November remains in jail as his omnibus hearing keeps getting pushed forward.

Michael “Mike Mike” Smith, who turned 16 a week before his arrest Nov. 28, is accused of firing on officers after a late-night traffic stop on East Monticello Street near Brookhaven High School.

In Lincoln County Circuit Court Thursday, Smith was ready to appear before Judge David Strong, but his attorney was not. Smith appeared at the side entrance of the courtroom wearing an orange jumper and handcuffs, but did not get his chance to be heard.

Smith’s hearing has been continued at least twice for various reasons. Most recently it was set for Oct. 4 but was rescheduled when court was canceled for the week after the shooting deaths of Brookhaven police officers Zach Moak and James White.

Court records list his attorney as Ali M. Shamsiddeen of Jackson.

Strong continued the hearing to Monday at 11 a.m.

Smith was a passenger in a black sedan that was stopped by police on East Monticello Street near Henry Myers Street in front of Rosehill Cemetery around 11 p.m. Nov. 27.

He fled the vehicle, leaving the driver in the car, Police Chief Kenneth Collins said at the scene that night.

Collins said Smith ran across the front lawn of Brookhaven High School headed toward Panther Park, but was blocked by a police car at North Third Street. Smith pulled a weapon and started shooting at police, he said.

The officers returned fire. No one was hit.

Smith ran and police and Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies set up a perimeter around the block. Officers tracked his moves through the ankle bracelet he wore.

He was apprehended behind the buildings between Progressive Insurance and Lincoln County School District on East Monticello just before midnight.

Two shell casings were found in Panther Park. The gun Smith allegedly used was recovered soon after.