The Last: Witness says gunman shot family, deputy

BROOKHAVEN, Mississippi – The Last in a shooting rampage in Mississippi, which eight people died (all times are local):


12:30 pm

A witness says a Mississippi man had a fight with his estranged wife over their children when he opened fire in his in-laws’ home after a sheriff’s deputy arrived.

Vincent Mitchell told The Associated Press in an interview Sunday that the massacre of eight people, “all stemmed from domestic violence.”

Mitchell says that three family members were murdered in his house. He says: “I am devastated. It doesn’t seem like it really is.”

He is the stepfather-in-law of defendant Willie Corey Godbolt. He says Godbolt came to his house Saturday to talk with his wife about taking their two children.

Mitchell says Godbolt turned out to be abandoned after a sheriff’s deputy was called to the house. But “then he reached into his back pocket. He began to shoot.”

Mitchell says his wife, Barbara Mitchell, was murdered, along with her daughter, Toccarra, and the woman’s sister, Brenda May. The deputy was also killed. Mitchell says that he and the suspect, the woman escaped.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, says the 35-year-old Godbolt has been arrested and is in custody.


11 hours

Authorities say a shooting spree, that another eight people dead in Mississippi began with a call about a domestic dispute.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation said in a news release Sunday that the three female victims and a Lincoln County sheriff’s deputy were killed. More bodies were found in two other crime scenes — two boys were killed at the second location, and a male and a female victim were discovered at the third.

The MBI determined slain deputy as a 36-year-old William Durr, who for two years at the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department and four years with Brookhaven police. The names of the other victims were not immediately released.

The MBI said the suspect, a 35-year-old Willie Corey Godbolt, was held Sunday and was treated for a gunshot wound at a Jackson hospital. The press release does not say whether he had been charged.


9 hours

Mississippi governor has decried the death of eight people who were shot in a rural area, about 60 miles south of Jackson.

Gov. Phil Bryant asked for all of the state of the inhabitants to join him and his wife to pray for those who were killed in the late Saturday.

He noted the “sacrifice” made by the officials of the law enforcement to protect and serve their communities.

A Lincoln County sheriff deputy was one of the eight killed.


Authorities in Mississippi say that a suspect is in custody after eight people were killed in a shooting, including a sheriff’s deputy.

Mississippi Bureau of Investigation spokesman Warren Strain said the shooting happened at three separate houses Saturday night in the rural Lincoln County.

Tribe says that 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.

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