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Mississippi: 2 police officers killed in shootout
BROOKHAVEN, Miss. — Two police officers were killed in a shootout early Saturday in Brookhaven, Mississippi, a state official said.
The officers, identified as Cpl. Zach Moak, 31, and Patrolman James White, 35, were responding to a call about shots fired around 5 a.m., Mississippi Bureau of Investigation spokesman Warren Strain said.
White was first at the scene, followed by Moak, an emotional Brookhaven Police Chief Kenneth Collins told reporters.
“We answer those calls many times and nothing ever happens but this morning something happened,” Collins said. “We lost two of our brave officers.”
The officers were pronounced dead at King’s Daughters Medical Center in Brookhaven, according to Strain.
“My heart goes out to their families,” Collins said. “You never know when it’s your last day and I just want to thank all the men and women in law enforcement for their bravery and for their service.”