MS officers dead after shootout; wounded suspect in custody

MS officers dead after shootout; wounded suspect in custody

Upon the officers' arrival at the scene, there was an exchange of gunfire between them and one or more suspects, Brookhaven police said in a news conference.

The officers responded to a call of shots fired around 5:00 a.m. this morning at a home located at 630 N Sixth Street. "Be grateful, be thankful for all the law enforcement officers you encounter".

Two Mississippi police officers were killed in the line of duty early Saturday morning. He identified the weapon used as a handgun but would not elaborate.

A combination picture of Patrolman James White, 35, and Corporal Zach Moak, 31, are in these undated photos in Brookhaven, Mississippi, U.S., provided September 29, 2018.

Suspect Marquis Flowers, 25, was taken to the hospital.

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Mississippi Department of Public Safety spokesman Warren Strain said Flowers is the only suspect involved at a media briefing.

Brookhaven Police Chief Kenneth Collins expressed sympathy to the officers' families. He called White and Moak, both residents of Lincoln County, "heroes". "I want the families to know that we're going to keep on doing what we do in Jesus' name".

Strain said some people were questioned as part of the ongoing investigation and no charges have been fired.

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

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