JPD investigating death of JSU student

The Jackson Police Department is investigating the death of a Jackson State University student.

Officers arrived at the scene on Lynch Street at One University Place on Friday night where they found a 21-year old JSU student dead from a gunshot wound to the chest. Officials later identified the victim as Justin Roach.

An initial investigation led officers to believe that the wound was self-inflicted. They began questioning other individuals that were inside of the unit at the time of the incident to determine what happened.

The JPD later issued a statement informing the public that they believe that the shooting was accidental and that Roach was handling the weapon when it discharged.

Following the announcement, JSU posted a message on Twitter sending their condolences to Roach’s family.


According to the JPD, no suspects are being sought, and the investigation is ongoing.