Eight dead in shoot­ing ram­page in Mis­sis­sippi; sus­pect ar­rested

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A man who got into an ar­gu­ment with his es­tranged wife over their chil­dren was ar­rested in a house-to-house shoot­ing ram­page in ru­ral Mis­sis­sippi that left eight peo­ple dead, in­clud­ing his mother-in­law and a sher­iff’s deputy.

“I ain’t fit to live, not after what I done,’’ a hand­cuffed Wil­lie Corey God­bolt, 35, told The Cal­rion-Ledger.

The gun­fire erupted Satur­day night at a home in Bogue Chitto after the deputy ar­rived in re­sponse to a do­mes­tic dis­tur­bance call, and spread to two houses in nearby Brookhaven, about 70 miles (110 kilo­me­tres) south of Jack­son.

The dead in­cluded two boys, in­ves­ti­ga­tors said. God­bolt was hos­pi­tal­ized in good con­di­tion with a gun­shot wound, though it wasn’t clear who shot him.

No im­me­di­ate charges were filed, and Mis­sis­sippi Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion spokesman War­ren Strain said it was too soon to say what the mo­tive was. Au­thor­i­ties gave no de­tails on the re­la­tion­ship be­tween God­bolt and the vic­tims.

How­ever, a wit­ness and God­bolt him­self shed some light on what hap­pened, with God­bolt giv­ing an in­ter­view to the news­pa­per as he sat with his hands cuffed be­hind his back on the side of a road.

God­bolt said he was talk­ing with his wife and in-laws when some­body called au­thor­i­ties.

“I was hav­ing a con­ver­sa­tion with her step­daddy and her mama and her, my wife, about me tak­ing my chil­dren home,’’ he said. “Some­body called the of­fi­cer, peo­ple that didn’t even live at the house. That’s what they do. They in­ter­vene.’’

“They cost him his life,’’ he said, ap­par­ently re­fer­ring to the deputy. “I’m sorry.’’

The step­fa­ther-in-law, Vin­cent Mitchell, told The As­so­ci­ated Press that God­bolt’s wife and their two chil­dren had been stay­ing at his Bogue Chitto home for about three weeks after she left her hus­band. After the sher­iff’s deputy ar­rived at the house, God­bolt looked as if he was about to leave, then reached into his back pocket, pulled a gun and opened fire, Mitchell said.

Mitchell said he es­caped along with God­bolt’s wife. But he said three fam­ily mem­bers were killed in his home: his wife, her sis­ter and one of the wife’s daugh­ters.

“I’m dev­as­tated. It don’t seem like it’s real,’’ Mitchell said.

The slain deputy was iden­ti­fied as Wil­liam Durr, 36.

After flee­ing his in-laws’ house, God­bolt killed four more peo­ple at two other homes, au­thor­i­ties said. At least seven hours elapsed be­tween the first shoot­ings and God­bolt’s ar­rest near the third and fi­nal crime scene, Strain said.

God­bolt said he did not in­tend for po­lice to cap­ture him alive.

“My in­ten­tions was to have God kill me. I ran out of bul­lets,’’ he said. “Sui­cide by cop was my in­ten­tion.’’

AP PHOTO

Of­fi­cers ar­rest sus­pect Wil­lie Corey God­bolt on Sun­day, fol­low­ing sev­eral fa­tal shoot­ings Satur­day in Lin­coln County, Miss., of­fi­cials said.

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