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Brother of Darian Atkinson also charged in shooting death of Biloxi police officer

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 brother of Darian Atkinson was also arrested in connection with the shooting death of Biloxi police officer Robert McKeithen.

Darian Atkinson, who police say shot and killed McKeithen in the parking lot of the Biloxi Police Department Sunday night, was arrested in Wiggins Monday after an hours-long manhunt.

Atkinson was taken back to the police station Monday night and is charged with capital murder.

He is being held without bond.

Atkinson’s brother, 21-year-old Davian Atkinson, was arrested and charged with accessory after the fact. Davian Atkinson’s bond was set at $500,000.

McKeithen had been a Biloxi police officer for nearly 24 years when he was killed outside his patrol SUV. He had planned on retiring at the end of the year, Biloxi Police Chief John Miller said.

Biloxi Police Chief John Miller is emotional as he remembers the man that Officer Robert McKeithen was before he was killed in the headquarters parking lot Sunday night. The chief said he was a family man that served his community for 24 years.

McKeithen was described as a “gentle” cop who loved Waffle House and his family. He did not like modern technology and was often called “paw paw” by fellow police officers.

Law enforcement agencies and first responders from across the Coast were present Monday night when Darian Atkinson escorted into the Biloxi police station in handcuffs.

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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Britneé Davis is McClatchy’s South Region Digital Producer. The south region includes the Sun Herald, the Telegraph, and the Ledger-Enquirer.
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