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2019 Deaths

     

Constable Willie Houston "Hoot" West

Lowndes County Constable's Office, Mississippi

End of Watch Thursday, May 9, 2019

Constable Hoot West succumbed to injuries sustained three days earlier when his vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree on Harrison Road.

He was serving civil papers when the crash occurred just before 8:00 am on May 6th, 2019. He was transported to North Mississippi Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries on May 9th.

Constable West had served as the elected constable of Lowndes County’s District 1 since 1971 and was serving his 13th consecutive term. He had previously served with the Columbus Police Department and Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office. He had a total of 52 years of law enforcement service and was a founding member and first president of the Mississippi Constables Association.

He is survived by his son, two daughters, five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, mother, brother, and two sisters.

 

 

Police Officer Robert McKeithen

Biloxi Police Department, Mississippi

End of Watch Sunday, May 5, 2019

Police Officer Robert McKeithen was shot and killed in the Lopez-Quave Public Safety Center's parking lot, at 170 Porter Avenue, at about 10:00 pm.

A male subject walked up to him and shot him multiple times without any provocation.

Officer McKeithen was transported to a nearby hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.

The subject who shot him was arrested on May 6th, 2019, and charged with capital murder.

Officer McKeithen was a U.S. Air Force veteran. He had served with the Biloxi Police Department for 24 years and was planning on retiring by the end of the year. He is survived by his wife, daughter, stepdaughter, and two stepsons.


2018

Patrolman II LeAnn Simpson

Philadelphia Police Department, Mississippi

End of Watch Saturday, November 24, 2018

 

Patrolman II LeAnn Simpson was killed in a vehicle collision on West Beacon Street while responding to assist deputies on a traffic stop shortly after 2:00 am.

Deputies from the Neshoba County Sheriff's Office were on a traffic stop on Highway 16 and dispatchers were unable to establish contact with them. Dispatch requested that officers from the Philadelphia Police Department respond to check on the deputies. Patrolman Simpson's patrol car hit a light pole and flipped several times as she responded, causing her to suffer fatal injuries.

Patrolman Simpson was a U.S. Army veteran and had served with the Philadelphia Police Department for 15 months
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Corporal Walter Zachery Moak

Brookhaven Police Department, Mississippi

End of Watch Saturday, September 29, 2018

 

Corporal Zach Moak and Patrolman James White were shot and killed in front of a home at 630 North Sixth Street while responding to reports of shots fired shortly before 5:00 a.m.

Both officers encountered a male subject in front of the home and exchanged shots. The subject and both officers were struck during the shooting. Patrolman White and Corporal Moak were both transported to King’s Daughters Medical Center where they succumbed to their wounds.

The subject was taken into custody and taken to a separate hospital. Two additional subjects were taken into custody as part of the investigation.

 

Patrolman James Kevin White

Brookhaven Police Department, Mississippi

End of Watch Saturday, September 29, 2018

 

Patrolman James White and Corporal Zach Moak were shot and killed in front of a home at 630 North Sixth Street while responding to reports of shots fired shortly before 5:00 am.

Both officers encountered a male subject in front of the home and exchanged shots. The subject and both officers were struck during the shooting. Patrolman White and Corporal Moak were both transported to King’s Daughters Medical Center where they succumbed to their wounds.

The subject was taken into custody and taken to a separate hospital. Two additional subjects were taken into custody as part of the investigation.

Patrolman White, who served in the Army National Guard, is survived by his fiancee, two young sons, his parents, sister, stepfather, stepsister, stepbrother and other family members.

 

 

 Officer Emmett Paul Morris

Raleigh Police Department, Mississippi

End of Watch Thursday, May 17, 2018

Police Officer Paul Morris was killed in a single-vehicle crash on Highway 18, near Highway 35, at approximately 12:00 pm.

His patrol car left the roadway and struck a tree before becoming engulfed in flames.

Officer Morris had served with the Raleigh Police Department for two years and previously served with the Reservoir Police Department.


                              
The Fraternal Order fo Police offers assistance to any officers family and department that experiences a loss, member or not.  Assistance in applying for line of duty death assistance package from Federal and State Government.

The Mississippi State Fraternal Order of Police will add the names to the State memorial located at the Jim Buck Ross Agriculture center in Jackson. 

They will also be added to the National Memorial in Washington D.C.

http://www.nleomf.org/


The National Peace Officers' Memorial Service, which is sponsored by the Grand Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police, is one in a series of events which includes the Candlelight Vigil, which is sponsored by the
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) and seminars sponsored by Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.)

http://www.policeweek.org/

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