Crime

Coroner IDs man killed in shootout with Gautier police

KAREN NELSON/SUN HERALD 
 This house at 7312 Home of Grace Drive still had crime scene tape on the steps leading up to the right side of the house on Wednesday morning. Neighbors said an incident last night at the house involved multiple shots from someone in the house and lasted two hours.
KAREN NELSON/SUN HERALD This house at 7312 Home of Grace Drive still had crime scene tape on the steps leading up to the right side of the house on Wednesday morning. Neighbors said an incident last night at the house involved multiple shots from someone in the house and lasted two hours.

GAUTIER -- Police shot a man to death in an exchange of gunfire Tuesday night while responding to a report of domestic violence.

A woman called for help at 6:51 p.m. Tuesday, a Gautier police report says, from a home in the 7300 block of Home of Grace Drive.

A man opened fire on responding officers, who returned fire, killing the man in the resulting shootout.

Jackson County Deputy Coroner Jason Moody said Mickey Dewayne Sweatt, 37, who lived at the residence, died at the scene.

Neighbors say it was two-hour standoff.

They said police stood away from the house and police cars lined Home of Grace Drive. Neighbors said during that two hours, they heard gunshots coming from inside the home.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is conducting an independent investigation of the shooting. The officer who shot Sweatt has been placed on administrative leave during the investigation, which is standard procedure.

Moody said an autopsy will be performed on Sweatt's body today. Moody said officials will not publicize how many times he was shot.

The results of the MBI investigation will be turned over the Jackson County District Attorney's Office. A grand jury will hear evidence to determine if there was any criminal wrongdoing in Sweatt's death.

The last officer-involved shooting reported in Gautier was Oct. 15 during another domestic violence call. Two Gautier officers shot and wounded Seth Edward Bemis, 32, after police say he came out of his home with a handgun and started shooting.

It's unclear how many police officers were involved in the fatal shooting Tuesday night.

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