A manhunt was underway in Mississippi as of early Friday morning following the fatal shooting of a police officer, the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation said.

The unidentified Meridian Police Officer was found on 51st Avenue in Meridian, Mississippi, near the Alabama border on Thursday afternoon. He was taken to an area hospital and pronounced dead.

Police are searching for Dante Marquez Bender, 31, following the fatal shooting of a Mississippi police officer and a woman in Meridian, Mississippi on Thursday. 

Police are searching for Dante Marquez Bender, 31, following the fatal shooting of a Mississippi police officer and a woman in Meridian, Mississippi on Thursday.  (Mississippi Bureau of Investigation)

An unidentified woman was also found dead inside a home near the shooting scene, the Meridian Police Department said.

The suspect, identified as Dante Marquez Bender, 31, is believed to be armed and dangerous and driving a 2004 black Nissan Armada with a tag that reads “IMANI.”

He is described as five feet eleven inches tall, 299 pounds, with brown eyes and short black hair.

A Meridian police officer was killed in a shooting on June 9, the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation said. 

A Meridian police officer was killed in a shooting on June 9, the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation said.  (Meridian Police Department)

He was last seen at 2408 51st Avenue in Meridian at approximately 5:36 p.m.- the time and place of the shooting – and was wearing a purple sweatshirt and purple sweatpants.

Undated photo from the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation.

Undated photo from the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation. (Mississippi Bureau of Investigation/Facebook)

He is believed to be in the area of Interstates 59 and 20.