US Mississippi shooting leaves eight dead

Suspect Cory Godbolt held to the ground by police

An overnight shooting in the US state of Mississippi has left eight people dead, including a local deputy sheriff, police say.

The shootings took place in three separate locations in Lincoln County, south Mississippi.

A male suspect, named in local media as Cory Godbolt, was detained on Sunday morning and is in police custody.

Authorities say it is too early to consider any possible motive behind the killings.

The deputy sheriff who died in the shooting was named as William Durr, 36.

Deputy Sheriff Durr and three women were found dead at the scene of the shooting in Bogue Chitto, police said.

The next shooting took place in Brookhaven, where “the bodies of two juvenile males were located”, police said.

The third crime scene was in East Lincoln, where a man and woman were killed.

Suspect Cory Godbolt handcuffed, and sat on the ground, after being detained by policeImage copyrightTHERESE APEL – THE CLARION-LEDGER
Image captionLocal journalists described it as “the largest crime spree in Lincoln County history”

The suspect, Cory Godbolt, spoke to local paper The Clarion-Ledger after he was detained.

He said he was “sorry” and “ain’t fit to live, not after what I done”.

He said he was in conversation with his wife and her family “about me taking my children home” when someone called the police.

Cory Godbolt said he had been shot by someone, and was treated for a gunshot wound after being detained, the newspaper added.

File photo of deputy sheriff William DurrImage copyrightTHE DAILY LEADER
Image captionWilliam Durr was described as a “mild mannered officer” who also did puppet shows for children

A 16-year-old, believed to have been taken hostage by the suspect, was safe, The Daily Leader reported.

Mississippi governor Phil Bryant called the incident a “senseless tragedy”.

“Every day, the men and women who wear the badge make some measure of sacrifice to protect and serve their communities. Too often, we lose one of our finest,” he said in a statement.

Mr Durr, the deputy sheriff killed in the shootings, was described as a “mild mannered officer” who liked making people smile.

In a 2014 interview with The Daily Leader, he said he also worked as a ventriloquist, doing puppet shows for children’s groups.


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