Family of fallen officer Robert McKeithen speaks for the first time
Harrison County sheriff’s deputies have arrested two more Biloxi men in connection with the shooting death of Patrolman Robert McKeithen.
Joshua Michael Kovach, 21, and Dalentez Latavian Brice, 20, were picked up late Wednesday night, each on a charge of accessory after the fact to capital murder, Harrison County Sheriff Troy Peterson said Thursday morning.
Both are being held at the Harrison County jail on bonds set at $500,000.
At the time of the arrests, Brice was already out of jail on a $50,00 bond for a charge of statutory rape. He was arrested on that charge in January.
Darian T. Atkinson, 19, of Biloxi, is accused of shooting McKeithen, 57, in the parking lot of the Biloxi Lopez Quave Public Safety Center on Sunday night.
Atkinson’s brother, Davian Atkinson, 21, is also being held with no bond on an accessory charge.
According to authorities, Davian Atkinson gave his brother a ride after the shooting and allowed Darian Atkinson to use his cellphone to make calls in order to avoid capture.
Police said McKeithen was ambushed and killed while standing near his police SUV in the department’s parking lot.
During the investigation, police received a tip from Mississippi Coast Crime Stoppers.
The caller, records say, indicated Darian Atkinson was the same man pictured in video surveillance footage and photos that police released to the media.