Crime

Two Gautier officers on leave with pay following shooting

Seth Edward Bemis
Seth Edward Bemis

GAUTIER -- Two Gautier police officers who shot and injured a man during a domestic violence call last week have been placed on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of an internal investigation.

Police Capt. Jerry Cooksey did not identify the officers involved, but said placing them on leave was standard protocol.

The shooting occurred Thursday after police responded to a domestic report at a home near Magnolia Bluff.

The suspect, identified as Seth Edward Bemis, 32, came out of the home with a handgun and starting shooting. The two officers returned fire, injuring Bemis in the leg, Gautier police Sgt. Matt Hoggatt said.

Bemis was taken to Singing River Hospital in Pascagoula after the shooting, where he was treated and later released.

Bemis is being held at Jackson County jail on two counts of aggravated assault on a police officer. He is bond set at a total of $200,000.

If convicted, Bemis will face stiffer penalties in the case.

State law calls for a prison term of up to 30 years for anyone convicted of aggravated assault on police officers, firefighters or other first responders, including medical personnel, legislators or other elected officials, social workers, public school administrators or teachers, or if the victim is over the age of 64 and disabled or incapacitated.

The maximum fine for the offense is up to $5,000.

Bemis has not been arrested on any charges related to the domestic incident, though the case remains under investigation.

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