Sam Owens, Director of the Mississippi Department of Public Safety- Bureau of Narcotics, sadly reports the death of Special Agent Lee Tartt.

S/A Tartt, 44, was assisting the Mississippi Department of Public Safety SWAT team forcibly enter an house during a barricaded gunman and domestic violence confrontation. The male suspect had taken his wife and child into the home during the initial confrontation and refused to release them.

Six hours later, when the negotiations broke down, the SWAT team attempted to gain entry into the house. During the entry, the suspect opened fire on the officers with a high powered rifle. Special Agent Tartt was struck multiple times by the gunfire. Three other Mississippi State Troopers on the SWAT team were also struck by the suspect’s gunfire. Other SWAT officers returned fire and the suspect was shot and killed.

All of the injured officers were taken to various hospital in the Luka area, However Special Agent Tartt was pronounced dead upon arrival.

Special Agent Tartt served the Mississippi Department of Public Safety Bureau of Narcotics for sixteen years. He was named the Bureau of Narcotics Officer of the Year in 2011 and had received the H. Lane Caldwell Award for Valor in 2012. His law enforcement career spanned a total of twenty two years. Special Agent Tartt is survived by his wife and two children.

Special Agent Lee Tartt-gone, but never forgotten. EOW: Saturday, February 20, 2016.

Graphic created by Fellow Officer Rose Borisow

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