DeSoto County, Ms. Three armed robberies occurred Wednesday evening culminating in the attempted apprehension of the suspect near a Kroger Store in Southaven. Two Deputies from the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office were shot while attempting to arrest the suspect. The suspect died during the shootout.
According to District Attorney John Champion”Tonight there were three armed robberies. Two in Horn Lake, one here in Southaven, There were officers filtering out in the area looking for the suspect’s vehicle. Two sheriff’s deputies saw the suspect’s vehicle over here in the Kroger parking lot – two very brave deputies.”
“The brave officers confronted the suspect,” Champion said. “He opened fire on the officers and the officers were shot.”
“They were very, very brave confronting the suspect who committed three violent armed robberies,” Champion said. “Nothing’s safe anymore. I hate to say it that way,” He added.
DeSoto County Chief Deputy Macon Moore said “We had two deputies involved in a shooting. We’re not going to release their names at this time because we don’t have all the family members here,” Moore said. “At this point we think the suspect’s deceased. Obviously we’re going to turn this over to the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation.”
The Injured Deputies were described with their injuries as being A DeSoto County patrol sergeant who was shot in the foot and a K9 officer who was shot in the chest. The area where the K9 officer was shot happened where the bullet proof vest was not covering. He has a collapsed lung and a broken rib and is in surgery, according to Sheriff Bill Rasco.
Both deputies are expected to be OK. They’re both veterans of the force. One has been with the sheriff’s department 8 1/2 years, and the other has been with the department 6 1/2 years.
Both deputies were transported to a Regional Medical Center. One deputy was listed in critical condition and the other was noncritical.