Authorities say the wave of gunfire that left eight people dead in Mississippi began with a call about a local dispute.
The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation said in a press release that three female victims and a Lincoln County Mayor were killed. More bodies were found at two other crime scenes – two boys were killed in the second location and a male and female victim in the third location.
MBI identified the murdered MP as 36-year-old William Dor, who served two years in the Lincoln County Police Department and four years with Brookhaven Police. The names of the other victims were not immediately revealed.
MBI said the suspect, 35-year-old Willie Cory Goodbolt, was arrested and was being treated for a gunshot wound at Jackson Hospital. The press release did not say whether he had been charged.
The governor of Mississippi condemned the killing of eight people who were shot dead in a rural area 60 miles south of Jackson.
Governor Phil Bryant asked all residents of the state to join him and his wife in praying for those killed late on Saturday.
He referred to the “sacrifice” that law enforcement officers made to protect and serve their communities.
The Lincoln County deputy sheriff was among the eight dead.
Mississippi authorities say the suspect is being held after eight people were shot dead, including a deputy sheriff.
Mississippi Bureau of Investigation spokesman Warren Strain said the shooting took place in three separate homes Saturday night in rural Lincoln County.
She says that no charges have yet been brought against the suspect and that it would be “premature” to discuss the motive.
It was not clear if the suspect knew his victims prior to their alleged killing.