Sheriff’s Deputy Among The Eight Dead In Rural Mississippi Shooting

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BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (KFSM) —  A suspected gunman is in custody after eight people, including a sheriff’s deputy, were shot to death Saturday (May 27) night in Lincoln County, according to Mississippi Bureau of Investigation (MBI).

The MBI said the shootings started around 11:30 p.m. at an address in Bogue Chitto, where the deputy and three females were found dead.

Another crime scene was found in Brookhaven, where the bodies of two boys were found. A third crime scene is at another address, where a man and a woman were found dead.
The identities of the other victims are pending notification of next of kin.

While handcuffed and sitting on the side of a road the suspect, Willie Corey Godbolt, 35, spoke with a reporter about what happened.



Lincoln County Mississippi Sheriff’s Deputy William Durr was among the eight killed.  He had been with the department for two years.

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant released a statement via Facebook: 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.

Bogue Chitto is an unincorporated part of Lincoln County and Brookhaven is the Lincoln County seat.
The MBI said its agents and Lincoln County sheriff’s deputies and the district attorney were investigating.  Other agencies involved in the investigation 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.