Two “fallen heroes”, suspect identified in early morning shootout in Brookhaven, Mississippi

Two Brookhaven police officers dead in early morning shootout
Two Brookhaven police officers are dead following a Saturday morning shootout

BROOKHAVEN, MS (WLBT) - Two Brookhaven police officers are dead following a Saturday morning shootout.

The officers responded to a call of shots fired around 5:00 a.m. this morning at a home located at 630 North 6th Sixth Street.

Two Brookhaven officers were shot and killed while responding to a call of shots fired at a home on 6th Street. Source: WLBT
Two Brookhaven officers were shot and killed while responding to a call of shots fired at a home on 6th Street. Source: WLBT

The officers have been identified as 31-year-old Corporal Zach Moak, who was hired by the department in August of 2015; and 35-year-old patrolman James White, who was hired in June of 2015.

The officers were transported to Kings Daughter’s Medical Center where they were pronounced dead.

Brookhaven police Corporal Zack Moak and Patrolman James White were killed this morning while responding to a call of shots fired. Source: MBI
Brookhaven police Corporal Zack Moak and Patrolman James White were killed this morning while responding to a call of shots fired. Source: MBI

Authorities have confirmed that one suspect, who has been identified as 25-year-old Marquis Aaron Flowers of East Independence Street in Brookhaven, was also wounded and transported to the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi. He is in police custody.

“Men and women of law enforcement, we are not going to give up. This is what we do," said Brookhaven police Chief Kenneth Collins. "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.”

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant issued a statement via Twitter regarding the incident, asking for prayers for the family and loved ones of the officers.

The chief said all officers are provided with body and dash cam but they can only speculate if there’s video of the shooting available.

The investigation by the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is ongoing and we will continue to update it as more information becomes available.

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