BROOKHAVEN, MS (WLBT) - The Brookhaven Police Department and members of the community are mourning the loss of two police officers who were fatally shot in the line of duty Saturday.
The Mississippi Bureau of investigation continues to investigate the shooting that took the lives of 35-year-old patrolman James White and 31-year-old Corporal Zach Moak.
Jacob Merritt and his wife Amy were watching a football game when news of the shooting scrolled across the bottom of their television screen.
“Two Brookhaven police officers were killed at 5 o’clock this morning,” said Jacob Merritt.
The officers were responding to reports of shots fired at a house on Hines Street, near 6th Street, when the incident happened.
Law enforcement agencies and area residents took to social media to express their condolences.
“I heard about it on Facebook,” said Linda Allen, who is from west Mississippi.
Allen, like the Merritt’s, share the same sentiment.
“For them to get out there and put their lives on the line to help the public, it’s a shame that they had to be killed this way,” added Allen. “I think people need to leave America’s heroes alone.”
The Jackson Police Department and the governor of Mississippi took to Twitter to express their condolences to the Brookhaven Police Department,
Residents say Brookhaven police officers and the families of the two officers that were killed will need all of the support that they can get at a time like this.
“It’s sad because they took them two police officers," added Amy. "They might have had kids, you never know.”
“Being a mother, I lost my son in January, and my sympathy goes out to the mothers who lost their sons," she said. "It’s devastating.”
A makeshift memorial has been set up at the police station to honor the two “fallen heroes.”