Sheriff Steve Rushing of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department in Mississippi sadly reports the death of Deputy Sheriff William Durr.

Deputy Durr, 36, was shot and killed during his response to a domestic dispute in a rural area of the county. It has been determined that a male suspect was involved in a dispute with three females about his having visitation or temporary custody of his children. Someone made a call to 911 for assistance and Durr responded. He was shot and killed along with the three females. It is suspected that the female victims were the suspect’s wife and her other family members.

The suspect fled this scene and went to another residence where two juvenile males were located. They were shot and killed also. Again it is suspected that these victims were the suspect’s children. The suspect fled that residence and went to a third location where a male and female were found shot and killed. It is suspected that these two victims were the suspect’s father and mother-in-law.

It was near this location that sheriff deputies located the suspect and were able to take him into custody after another gun battle where the suspect sustained a gunshot wound. No other officers were injured.

Local new media were nearby when the suspect was arrested. They were able to record the suspect confessing to the murders. The suspect stated that he did not intend to be captured, but desired to be shot and killed by officers.

Related to the murder of Deputy William Durr:

William Durr served the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department for two years. He had previously served with the Brookhaven Police Department for four years. Prior to his law enforcement career, Durr was a mental health technician.

Durr also served as a youth minister for several churches and performed puppet shows for children’s church programs. In this role he served during Vacation Bible School, Summer Camp, and other church related events in the area. He is survived by his wife and children.

Deputy William Durr is gone, but will never be forgotten. EOW: Saturday, May 27, 2017.

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