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Mississippi shooting: 8 dead, including the deputy sheriff; suspect in custody

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

Mississippi Bureau of Investigation spokesman Warren Strain said the shooting happened at three separate houses Saturday night in the rural Lincoln County. Two of the homes are in Brookhaven and one in Bogue Chitto. The area is approximately 68 miles (109 km) south of Jackson, the capital.

Strain said investigators were collecting evidence on all three locations.

Tribe said the costs have not yet been filed against the defendant and that it was “premature” to talk about a motive.

It was not clear whether the suspect knew his victims before allegedly killing them.

None of the victims have been identified.

The suspect, Willie, Cory Godbolt, was taken into custody after the shootings and reportedly was keeping a 16-year-old held hostage at the moment. The teenager was unharmed.

Godbolt, 35, 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.

Read more from the Daily Leader.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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