Mis­sis­sippi man in cus­tody af­ter 8 killed in ram­page

Toronto Star - - WORLD - KEVIN MCGILL

BROOKHAVEN, MISS.— A man who got into an ar­gu­ment with his es­tranged wife and her fam­ily over his chil­dren was ar­rested Sun­day in a house-to-house shoot­ing ram­page in ru­ral Mis­sis­sippi that left eight peo­ple dead, in­clud­ing his moth­erin-law and a sher­iff’s deputy.

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

The gun­fire erupted Satur­day night at God­bolt’s in-laws’ home in Bogue Chitto af­ter the deputy ar­rived in re­sponse to a do­mes­tic dis­tur­bance call, and spread to two houses in nearby Brookhaven.

God­bolt was hos­pi­tal­ized in good con­di­tion with a gun­shot wound, though it wasn’t clear who shot him.

The slain deputy, Wil­liam Durr, was a two-year sher­iff’s depart­ment vet­eran and for­mer po­lice of­fi­cer in Brookhaven, about 110 kilo­me­tres south of Jack­son.

Mis­sis­sippi Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion spokesman War­ren Strain said pros­e­cu­tors plan to charge God­bolt with mur­der, but it’s too soon to say what the mo­tive was.

“My pain wasn’t de­signed for him. He was just there,” God­bolt said of the deputy.

“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 Durr. “I’m sorry.”

God­bolt’s 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 be­cause of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

Mitchell said he es­caped along with God­bolt’s wife, but three oth­ers were killed: his wife, her sis­ter and one of the wife’s daugh­ters.

Af­ter flee­ing his in-laws’ house, God­bolt killed four more peo­ple at two other homes, au­thor­i­ties al­leged.

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