Mississippi shooting: 8 dead, including the deputy; defendant says ‘I am not fit to live’

A Mississippi deputy sheriff was among eight people killed Saturday and a suspect in the murder was in custody, The Daily Leader reports.

The suspect, Willie, Cory Godbolt, 35, known from The Jackson Clarion-Ledger on video.

“I am not fit to live, not after what I’ve done,” Godbolt told the newspaper the Sunday after he was held. “Not in y’all eyes, not in anyone else’s eyes.”

He said that he went to an address in Bogue Chitto to talk about his children. At a certain point neighbors called the police, and that is when the deputy arrived.

“My pain was not designed for him. He was just there,” Godbolt told the newspaper he was on the road, hands cuffed behind his back, ready to be transported to the prison. “We were talking about me trying to take the children home… someone called the officer…. that is what they are doing, they intervene. It cost him his life. I’m sorry.”

The defendant also said that he did not intend for the police to catch him live.

“My intention was to God kill me. I ran bullets,” he said. “Suicide by cop was my intention.”

Authorities say the deputy who was shot was the 36-year-old William Durr, Mississippi News Now reported. Durr had been with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department for two years. He also served four years at the Brookhaven Police Department.

Mississippi Bureau of Investigation spokesman Warren Strain said the shooting happened at three separate houses Saturday night in the rural Lincoln County–two in Brookhaven and the third in Bogue Chitto. The area is about 68 miles south of Jackson, the capital.

Strain said investigators were collecting evidence on all three locations.

The authorities say that Godbolt arrested a 16-year-old boy hostage in a point. The teenager was freed, remained unharmed.

The Daily Leader reported that Godbolt has a long criminal record, including:

■ Charged with armed robbery and aggravated assault in 2005 after he allegedly struck a man with a gun and took his money and jewelry;

■ In 2013, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office charged him with simple assault;

■ Arrested in 2015 for disorderly conduct/breach of the peace, and failure to comply with a request of a sheriff;

■ Arrested in 2015, for speeding, driving with a suspended license, and no proof of liability insurance by the Mississippi Highway Patrol.

In 2016, Godbolt appeal from a judgment against him in a simple assault and disorderly conduct case.

Gov. Phil Bryant a statement asking residents to pray for the victims. He also noted the “sacrifice” made by the officials of the law enforcement to protect and serve their communities.

“Every day, the men and women who wear the badge make some degree of sacrifice to protect and serve their communities. Too often, we lose one of our finest. I thank the law enforcement agencies involved for their hard work,” Bryant said in a statement.

Read more from The Daily Leader.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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