The dying words of one of the two officers shot in Hattiesburg, Miss., Saturday night May 10th, were heard by a citizen who came to his aid and they send chills down my spine (as I’ve personally heard them uttered to me many times, as I worked to save a person’s life). “Am I dying? I know I’m dying ” are words everyone surely hopes they will never hear someone say.
Reports from authorities stated that officers Benjamin Deen, 34 and Liquori Tate, 25 were shot during a routine traffic stop shortly before 8 p.m. near East Fourth and Boule streets in Hattiesburg. The Forrest County Coroner, Butch Benedict told local reporters that both officers were officially pronounced dead at Forrest General Hospital.
There have been three suspects arrested within hours of the shooting, brothers Curtis and Melvin Banks, and a 22-year-old woman Joanie Calloway. Police state that one of the brothers took one of the fallen officers’ patrol car and abandoned it near some train tracks a few blocks from the scene of the shooting.
Warren Smith, a spokesman for the Mississippi Department of Public Safety told the API that Marvin Banks, 29 and Calloway were each charged with two counts of capital murder while Curtis Banks was charged with two counts of accessory after the fact to capital murder.
The Times-Pacayune states that the last Hattiesburg officer slain in the line of duty was officer Jackie Dole Sherrill on New Year’s Eve in 1984.
Whether these shootings are connected to the current racial upheaval we are seeing in our country today, is irrelevant. The killing needs to stop. People need to step back and rethink what is happening here. We the People are completely destroying the greatest Nation in the world, from the inside, out.
My condolences go out the to families involved in the tragic incident. No one should have to endure the pain and grief associated with one of their loved ones dying, even if that family knew the risks.
Here are some of the tweets that have been posted on Twitter;
Forrest County coroner Butch Benedict confirms to the Clarion-Ledger that both Hattiesburg officers had died. pic.twitter.com/g7JXNzjd8m
— Therese Apel (@TRex21) May 10, 2015
It’s with great sadness to say that one of our brothers with Hattiesburg PD was killed in the line of duty. Prayers for his family.
— Oxford Police Dept (@OxfordPolice) May 10, 2015
#Hattiesburg Mayor says it has been 30 years since an HPD officer was killed in line of duty. Says suspect is not safe and will be found
— Margaret Ann Morgan (@Margaret_AnnM) May 10, 2015
— Nick Ortego (@WDAMNickOrtego) May 10, 2015
CONDOLENCES: To the Hattiesburg Mississippi Police Department after the murder of two of their officers tonight. pic.twitter.com/r3ppCOaeJQ
— Denver Police Dept. (@DenverPolice) May 10, 2015