2 of­fi­cers die in shoot­ing; sus­pect in cus­tody

The News-Times (Sunday) - - Obituaries / News - Hearst wire ser­vices

Two po­lice of­fi­cers were shot and killed fol­low­ing an early Satur­day 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.

A sus­pect was wounded in the ex­change and taken to a hospi­tal in Jack­son. Po­lice iden­ti­fied him as Mar­quis Flow­ers, 25, of Brookhaven.

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