Two police officers were killed in a shootout at a home in Brookhaven early Saturday morning.
Cpl. Zack Moak, 31, and patrolman James White, 35, were killed shortly after 5 a.m. at the home on North 6th Street after responding to a report of shots fired, according to Mississippi Department of Public Safety Communication Director Warren Strain.
Marquis Aaron Flowers, 25, the man police say shot them, was wounded. He was taken to a Jackson hospital.
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The Daily Leader in Brookhaven reported Flowers earlier this year was wearing an electronic monitor because he was on probation for an auto burglary conviction in Brookhaven when he fled from Natchez police on a traffic stop. It is not clear why Flowers — who police said turned himself in after he twice eluded police, then abandoned the car he was driving and stole a pickup truck — was not sent back to prison to serve the time remaining on his auto burglary sentence.
A public records search revealed his original release date was April 19, 2020. He was sentenced on January 12, 2015, according to those records.
“Let us all pray just now for the family and loved ones of these fallen heroes,” Gov. Phil Bryant tweeted shortly after learning of the deaths. “May the Good Lord hold them in his everlasting arms.”
The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson reported that the two officers, who were wearing bulletproof vests and body cameras, arrived at the scene within minutes of one another.
Police Chief Kenneth Collins at a news conference Saturday called the two officers fallen heroes, according to the Associated Press.
“These are two awesome people who lost their lives this morning in the line of duty. Two heroes lost their lives this morning,” Collins said.