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Police: Mississippi prep star dies of self-inflicted gunshot wound

Updated: December 16, 2008, 2:28 PM ET
Associated Press

A George County (Miss.) High School football star died of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound early Monday after being pulled over by a sheriff's deputy, authorities said.

It's not clear why 17-year-old Billey Joe Johnson was stopped in Lucedale, but the junior tailback shot himself with a shotgun after the deputy walked back to the patrol car to run a license check.

"The deputy was sitting in his patrol vehicle ... when he heard a gunshot and saw the victim laying on the ground ...

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