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19-year-old arrested in fatal shooting of Biloxi officer outside of police department

Teen accused of killing Biloxi officer escorted into police station

Darian Atkinson, 19, is escorted by Mississippi Coast police officers after being found and arrested in Wiggins. He's accused in the shooting death of Biloxi officer Robert McKeithen on Sunday, May 5, 2019.
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Darian Atkinson, 19, is escorted by Mississippi Coast police officers after being found and arrested in Wiggins. He's accused in the shooting death of Biloxi officer Robert McKeithen on Sunday, May 5, 2019.

The 19-year-old suspected in the fatal shooting of a Biloxi officer has been arrested, officials say.

Biloxi Police Chief John Miller says Darian Atkinson was found tonight in Wiggins.

He was spotted by an officer on his way home. Wiggins police made the arrest.

Atkinson has been arrested on a charge of capital homicide of a law enforcement officer.

Miller said Atkinson will be questioned tonight and later taken to the Harrison County jail, and at least one other charge may be pending.

As he was escorted into the police department, Atkinson grinned.

“’Oh, the police are mad at me,’” Atkinson said, then quipped, “’murder.’”

A line of local, state and federal officers lined the sidewalk as Atkinson was brought in.

Miller held a press conference Monday night and was flanked by officers from numerous Coast police agencies. They applauded at the end of the press conference.

Robert McKeithen, a veteran officer a year away from retirement, was shot multiple times Sunday night outside of the department on Porter Avenue.

Police continue to search for a man accused of shooting and killing Biloxi, Mississippi, police officer Robert McKeithen. They ask anyone who may recognize the man in this surveillance footage released May 6, 2019 to call police.

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