An Oxford, Mississippi police officer was arrested after a woman was killed Sunday.
Tuesday, Oxford Police Department identified Officer Matthew Kinne as the man arrested in connection to the homicide of Dominique Clayton.
Mississippi Bureau of Investigation identified the victim as Clayton on Monday. Her mother and sister say she was shot in the back of the head in her bedroom while sleeping.
Oxford officers said early on in the investigation, they determined that Officer Kinne was involved with Clayton in some way. That’s why they decided to turn over the investigation to MBI.
“We will not hide behind our badge. This badge stands for truth and justice,” Interim Oxford Police Chief Jeff McCutchen said.
McCutchen said their main goal is to seek justice for Clayton’s death.
MBI investigators arrested Matthew Kinne after an investigation that began Sunday. It’s unclear whether he’s been charged.
Kinne is an officer and a member of the Oxford Mounted Patrol Unit that patrols downtown on horseback on weekends and during events.
He received the Mounted Officer of the Year Award from OPD earlier this year.
Jeff McCutcheon, interim chief with the Oxford Police Department, said that early on in the investigation, it was found that Kinne, a fourpoint officer with Oxford Police, was possibly involved in a relationship with the victim. MBI was called in at that point.
She was pronounced dead after Oxford Police officers discovered her body inside her Brittany Woods Subdivision home at about 2 p.m. Sunday.
Reggie Clayton, a cousin of the victim, thanked the MBI for their investigation.