Officer shot early Thursday morning in Sandersville; suspect in custody

Officer shot early Thursday morning in Sandersville; suspect in custody
William Belk is charged with armed robbery and aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer with a weapon. (Source: Jones County Jail)

JONES COUNTY, Miss. (WDAM) - A Jones County Sheriff’s Deputy was shot while working part-time as an officer with the Sandersville Police Department early Thursday morning.

According to the JCSO Sgt. J.D. Carter, the shooting happened while Deputy Miguel Grimaldo was responding to a report of a vehicle being stolen from the Bok Homa Casino around 2 a.m.

Carter said Grimaldo spotted the suspect, who was identified as 33-year-old William Belk, at a nearby gas station. Belk shot Grimaldo in the arm and face then drove away, Carter said.

Belk was arrested after leading officers on a chase that ended at the Walmart in Laurel, JCSO officials said.

Belk, of Pachuta, is being held at the Jones County Adult Detention Center on charges of armed robbery and aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer with a weapon.

Sandersville Police Chief Curtis Pitts spoke on what happened at the scene of the shooting.

“The suspect got out and opened fire on our officer,” said Pits. “I’m not exactly sure how many times he fired. The officer was unable to return fire. The officer was struck but was taken to the emergency room with non-life-threatening injuries.”

Pitts said Grimaldo was recovering from his injuries and had been released from the hospital.

Mississippi State Auditor Shad White, a Sandersville native, took to social media Thursday afternoon to call for thoughts and prayers for Grimaldo.

Please be in prayer today for a police officer in my small hometown of 700 people who was shot in the line of duty (he is at home recovering). These men and women risk their lives to keep you safe.

Posted by Shad White on Thursday, July 9, 2020

The investigation is being handled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Jones County Sheriff’s Office.

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