Murfreesboro police chief calls for changes after mother killed in police pursuit

Murfreesboro police chief calls for changes after mother killed in police pursuit
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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Murfreesboro police chief is asking for change after a young mother was killed, following a police pursuit.

It’s been one week since 27-year-old Jessica Campos was killed after a man stole a car from a funeral home and lead police on a chase. Her 7-month-old daughter was in the backseat.

Murfreesboro Police Chief Karl Durr sent a letter of concern to the city council. Click here to read the full letter. 

In the letter he writes, “The MPD did not participate in the deadly pursuit; however, it made a significant impact on both our department and our community.”

The letter goes on to explain that the Murfreesboro Police Department’s policy limits pursuits to mostly violent felonies.

Chief Durr says he wants to encourage other law enforcement agencies to change their policies. He also wants to urge the council to ask the Tennessee Legislature to adopt a statewide policy restricting pursuits to cases where a violent felony has been committed.

Sen. Bill Ketron told News 2 he plans to meet with the Police Chiefs Association and the Tennessee Sheriffs Association for change.

“We need to come together and talk about what is the best procedure because we surely don’t want innocent people being killed like what happened in Murfreesboro,” he stated.

News 2 spoke with the victim’s husband, Edgar Campos. He fought back tears as he described his wife Jessica as a happy mother, a hard worker, and someone who cared about her family.

Edgar was with their 7-year -old son when he passed his wife’s destroyed car on South Church Street.

He soon learned his wife was killed and his baby was in the hospital after an SUV that police were chasing slammed into the driver’s side of her car.

Not only is Campos heartbroken, but he is angry at police.

“They do everything wrong. Why didn’t they stop it?” Campos explained to News 2.

A GoFundMe account has been set up for the family. For more information, click here.

Edgar Campos and his 7-month-old daughter (Photo: WKRN)

Edgar Campos and his 7-month-old daughter (Photo: WKRN)
Jessica Campos (Photo: WKRN)

Jessica Campos (Photo: WKRN)

 

Source: news2
Murfreesboro police chief calls for changes after mother killed in police pursuit

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