8 people are dead, including a Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputy, after overnight shooting

Suspect Willie Godbolt Picture provided by the Mississippi Department of Public Safety

LINCOLN COUNTY, Mississippi (WJTV) – 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 been a domestic incident.

Authorities tell WJTV that the suspect is Willie Corey, 35, Godbolt of Bogue Chitto.

Suspect: Willie Corey Godbolt
Picture provided by the Mississippi Department of Public Safety

He was taken into custody just before 7 a.m. at the Super Jackson’s at East Lincoln Road and Highway 84, according to The Daily Leader.

We’re told the shooting spree started at 11:30 Saturday night with a domestic call to Lee Drive in Bogue Chitto.  Authorities found the bodies of three females and the deputy at that location.

Authorities found a second crime scene in the 1600 block Coopertown Road in Brookhaven. There the bodies of two juveniles males were found.

The third crime 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.

Lincoln County Deputy William Durr Photo courtesy: The Daily Leader

The deputy killed in the shooting has been identified as 36-year-old William Durr. He was a two year veteran of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department, and he was a four-year veteran of the Brookhaven Police Department. (Photo of Deputy Durr courtesy of The Daily Leader.)

Authorities are waiting to identify to the other shooting victims.

Governor Phil Bryant issued a statement about the shooting. In a Facebook post, he said:

I ask all Mississippians to join Deborah and me in praying for those lost in Lincoln County. 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. I thank the law enforcement agencies involved for their hard work. May the peace of the Almighty wash over those hurting after this senseless tragedy.

Lt. Governor Tate Reeves also issued a statement.

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.

WJTV has a crew at all three scenes working to get more information from authorities. As soon as we receive that information, we will post updates.


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