Eight Die, Including Police Officer, in Mississippi Shootings

Eight Die, Including Police Officer, in Mississippi Shootings

A man in Mississippi killed eight people, including a police officer, in a shooting spree that spanned three locations on Saturday and Sunday, the local authorities said.

The police said Willie C. Godbolt, 35, of Bogue Chitto, Miss., was in custody on Sunday for the shootings. The Mississippi Department of Public Safety said in a statement that he would be charged with one count of capital murder and seven counts of first-degree murder.

While handcuffed on the side of a road, a man whom The Clarion-Ledger identified as Mr. Godbolt said he had been “having a conversation” at a home in Bogue Chitto about “me taking my children home” when a police officer arrived, apparently having been called by a neighbor.

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

At the first location, which the police were called to at 11:30 p.m. Saturday, the authorities found three female victims and the police officer, the authorities said. Two male victims were found at a location in Brookhaven, and a man and a woman were found at another location in Brookhaven, they said.

The authorities identified the slain officer as William Durr, 36, of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department. The Department of Public Safety said the identities of the other victims would not be publicly released until after their families had been notified. It said a full investigation into the killings was continuing.

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