2 Mississippi Officers Die in Shooting; Suspect in Custody - NBC10 Boston
National & International News
The day’s top national and international news

2 Mississippi Officers Die in Shooting; Suspect in Custody

Authorities identified the deceased officers as Patrolman James White, 35; and Cpl. Zach Moak, 31

Find NBC Boston in your area

Channel 10 on most providers

Channel 15, 60 and 8 Over the Air

    processing...

    NEWSLETTERS

    2 Mississippi Officers Die in Shooting; Suspect in Custody

    Two police officers were shot and killed following an early Saturday morning confrontation in Mississippi, authorities said.

    Warren Strain of the Mississippi Department of Public Safety said at a news conference that the officers were called to a house in the city of Brookhaven at about 5 a.m. for a report of shots fired.

    Amid an exchange of gunfire, both officers were "mortally wounded" and then pronounced dead at a local hospital, Strain said. He identified the weapon used as a handgun but would not elaborate.

    Authorities identified the deceased officers as Patrolman James White, 35; and Cpl. Zach Moak, 31. Both were wearing bulletproof vests at the time and were equipped with body and dashboard cameras. White arrived on the scene first, and Moak arrived next.

    Police Release Body Cam Footage of 12-Year-Old's Arrest

    [NATL] Sacramento Police Release Body Cam Footage of 12-Year-Old's Arrest

    Police released footage captured on two officers' body cameras during the seven-minute arrest of a 12-year-old boy in Sacramento.

    (Published Thursday, May 23, 2019)

    A suspect was wounded in the exchange and taken for treatment to a hospital in Jackson. Police identified him as Marquis Flowers, 25, of Brookhaven. Strain said charges have not been filed yet but that Flowers is "in custody."

    Brookhaven Police Chief Kenneth Collins said the city is a "safe community ... but like any place, we have crime." He called White and Moak, both residents of Lincoln County, "heroes."

    "These are two awesome people who lost their lives this morning in the line of duty. Two heroes lost their lives this morning," Collins said.

    Strain said the investigation is in its initial stages. A number of people have been questioned in the case.

    The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is working the case, in addition to other agencies.

    Gov. Phil Bryant issued a statement via Twitter asking for prayers "for the family and loved ones of these fallen heroes."

    Tornadoes, Severe Storms Sweep Missouri, Killing 3

    [NATL] Tornadoes, Severe Storms Sweep Missouri, Killing 3

    Three people died and two dozen others were injured in Missouri overnight after severe storms and tornadoes touched down on the state, ripping apart cars, homes and businesses. Meanwhile, storms and floods have swelled rivers and endangered other states in the Midwest.

    (Published Thursday, May 23, 2019)

    This is the second time in as many years that a law enforcement official has been killed in the line of duty in the Brookhaven area.

    Last year Lincoln County Sheriff's Deputy William Durr, who also spent four years with Brookhaven police, was responding to a call when he was shot to death. Authorities say the gunman shot and killed seven other people in the killing spree in and around the Brookhaven area.

    Willie Cory Godbolt was arrested May 28, 2017, and is awaiting trial. He's pleading not guilty and faces the death penalty if convicted.