BROOKHAVEN, Miss. – Two Mississippi police officers were shot and killed in a shootout Saturday in Brookhaven, authorities said.
Zack Moak, 31, and James White, 35, members of Brookhaven Police Department were killed when they went to an address and exchanged gunfire with a man who was wounded, police said.
The two officers arrived at the house around 5 a.m. to investigate a report of shots fired, reported WMC Action News 5.
“These are two awesome people that lost their lives in the line of duty and they’re both heroes,” Police Chief Kenneth Collins told a news conference. “They did their job.”
Moreover, the chief added, “Men and women of law enforcement, we are not going to give up. This is what we do. They did their jobs and I am proud of both of them. I want the families to know that two heroes lost their lives, and they are in the presence of Jesus right now.”
Let us all pray just now for the family and loved ones of these fallen heroes. May the Good Lord hold them in his everlasting arms. https://t.co/WMJKTJ13dP
— Phil Bryant (@PhilBryantMS) September 29, 2018
Authorities have confirmed that one suspect, who has been identified as 25-year-old Marquis Aaron Flowers, was also wounded and transported to the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi, where he is in police custody. The severity of his wounds were undisclosed. Moreover, he is the only suspect involved, Mississippi Department of Public Safety spokesman Warren Strain said at the news conference.
Gov. Phil Bryant issued a statement via Twitter asking for prayers “for the family and loved ones of these fallen heroes.”
Moak had been a Brookhaven police officer for three years. White had just rejoined the department after previously working there, Collins said.