DESOTO CO., Miss. (WMC) - The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation (MBI) is investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting death of a 76 year old man Sunday night at the hands of seven Desoto County Sheriff’s Deputies. The shooting happened along Interstate 22 right at the Marshall County line.
At a news conference Monday afternoon, District Attorney John Champion said the man killed by deputies is a veteran who lives in Marshall County. Champion said authorities were not releasing the man’s name, and his relatives do not live in the area. Champion said the veteran’s mental health is something they’re investigating.
“It appears he’s going to have some severe mental issues as best we can tell at this point based on conversations we’ve had with a family member of his,” Champion said.
Investigators said the disturbance with the man started in Southaven around 10 p.m. Sunday night, when he went into a Longhorn Steakhouse on Goodman Road. Champion said the man was asked to leave and then fired shots in the parking lot.
Champion said the man then went across the street to a Fazoli’s, where he showed a gun and left.
From there, investigators told WMC Action News 5 that the man drove to an Applebee’s in Olive Branch, causing a scene inside then firing his gun outside.
“Obviously this happened not too long ago, and there’s still a lot to be investigated,” Champion said.
Desoto County Sheriff’s Deputies ended up using a maneuver to get the man’s vehicle in the median on I-22 near the Marshall County line. Champion said deputies gave commands, but the man refused to comply, instead firing a shot at authorities.
Seven deputies returned fire, killing the man. Investigators said the incident was captured on dash-cam video. Desoto County deputies do not have body cameras.
“Nobody was harmed, and you know I hate it for this gentleman that he had to lose his life,” Champion said, “But these days and times, now when you fire a shot at an officer, unfortunately, you’re going to get fired back upon, and that’s what happened here.”
Champion said he expects the investigation to take a full month for the MBI to piece together because of the number of witnesses involved and the complexity of the ordeal.
The seven deputies who fired shots are on paid administrative leave.
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More information will soon be released. Stay with WMC Action News 5 for updates on this investigation.