LINCOLN COUNTY, Mississippi (WJTV/AP) – The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation (MBI) says eight people, including a Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputy, were shot and killed in what appears to have started as a domestic incident.
Authorities say the suspect is Willie Cory Godbolt, 35, of Bogue Chitto. He was taken into custody just before 7 a.m. Sunday at the Super Jackson’s at East Lincoln Road and Highway 84, according to the Clarion-Ledger newspaper.
Deputy William Durr, a father and husband, was the officer who died in the shooting spree.
“(He) gave his life to protect and serve,” said Governor Phil Bryant. “May God rest his eternal soul and assuage the pain of his family and fellow officers.”
Durr, 36, was a two-year veteran of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department, and he was a four-year veteran of the Brookhaven Police Department.
The incident has three different shooting scenes and started Saturday around 11:30 p.m., according to Warren Strain with the Department of Public Safety.
The different crime scenes are on Lee Drive in Bogue Chitto and two in Brookhaven at Coopertown Road and East Lincoln Road.
Other than the deputy, the identities of those killed have not been released.
Clarion-Ledger reporter Therese Apel spoke to Godbolt moments after he was taken into custody Sunday morning.
Godbolt apologized about killing the deputy, according to the newspaper. The reporter then asked Godbolt what is next for him.
“Death … Suicide by cop was my intention. I ain’t fit to live. Not after what I’ve done,” the newspaper reported Godbolt said.
The shooting spree started with a domestic call to Lee Drive in Bogue Chitto, officials said.
A witness says Godbolt was arguing with his estranged wife about their children when he opened fire inside his in-laws’ home after a sheriff’s deputy arrived.
The witness, Vincent Mitchell, says his wife, Barbara Mitchell, was killed along with her daughter, Toccarra May, and the wife’s sister, Brenda May.
Deputy Durr was also slain at that home. Mitchell says he and the suspect’s wife escaped.
Authorities found a second crime scene in the 1600 block Coopertown Road in Brookhaven where the bodies of two juveniles males were found.
The third crime scene was in the 300 block of East Lincoln Road in Brookhaven. Authorities found a man and a woman dead at that location, according to Warren Strain with the Mississippi Department of Public Safety.
Multiple agencies are investigating the shooting. They include: the Mississippi Highway Patrol, Bureau of Narcotics, Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, Pike, Walthall, Franklin, Copiah, Lawrence, Amite counties sheriff’s departments, and the Brookhaven Police Department.