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Police: Mississippi deputy working as rec league referee punched coach, charged in his death

Police say a Mississippi sheriff's deputy working as a recreation league basketball referee has been arrested in the death of a team's coach.

Jackson police say 37-year-old Joshua Adams is charged with murder. He is accused of punching 25-year-old Justin Griffin in a fight over play calls during a game.

Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham-Stewart says Griffin died Monday from blunt-force trauma to the head.

Assistant Chief Lee Vance says the apparent altercation started over calls during a game Sunday.

Police say that the dispute continued off the court and into the parking lot. As it escalated, police say a second deputy in uniform, working security, got involved as well.

The sheriff's department says Adams has been suspended pending an internal investigation.

It was unclear Tuesday whether Adams had an attorney.

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