Two Mississippi Police Officers were killed and another was wounded during a standoff Thursday that began after a man held a woman in a house, according to law enforcement agencies.
In a press release, Bailey Martin, spokesperson for the state Department of Public Safety, said that the suspect was also shot and killed at a home in Brandon, a suburb of Jackson.
The standoff lasted for more than eight-hours. The officer who was killed worked for the Madison Police Department, a police department located in another suburb. Brandon Police Department is the department that injured the officer.
The Madison Police Department identified Randy Tyler as the officer who was killed. Tyler had been with the department for eight years and served on its Special Response Team. He also directed the training program of newly hired police officers. Tyler retired from his position as chief of police in Ridgeland (a nearby city) Mississippi.
The Department of Public Safety has not released the names of Brandon officer or suspect. The Madison officer died while trying to break into the house.
Brandon police confirmed to WLBT-TV the incident began with a domestic dispute involving a woman and a man.
WAPT-TV reported that Chief Wayne Dearman, the police chief, said his department received a phone call at 1:45 am. The SWAT team of the police department rescued the hostage after talking with the suspect for over an hour.
The exact cause of death was not immediately known.
The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation has begun an investigation into the shooting, just as it does in most cases of law enforcement officers or those who are involved. Martin said that after the investigation, MBI would give its findings to state attorney general’s office.