The City Council called an emergency meeting Thursday night and voted to temporarily turn over control of the police department to Hancock County Sheriff’s Office after the unexpected death of the Bay St. Louis police chief.
Hancock County Coroner Jim Faulk said Mike De Nardo died Thursday of a single gunshot wound to the chest. Hancock Chief Deputy Don Bass the gunshot wound was self-inflicted.
The mayor appointed Bay police Captain Wes Mayley as acting police chief, but Mayley will report to Sheriff Ricky Adam for now.
Councilman Lonnie Falgout made a brief statement at the beginning of the meeting, and the council quickly went into executive session, citing security concerns.
“We’re worried about the security of Bay St. Louis after this tragic day today,” he said.
He also thanked Waveland Police Chief David Allen and Sheriff Ricky Adam for their assistance.