8 Killed in Mississippi Shooting Rampage, Including Deputy Sheriff

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Eight people—including a deputy sheriff—were killed in Mississippi on Saturday night after a family dispute allegedly impelled one man to go on a three-home shooting rampage.

Police arrested 35-year-old Willie Corey Godbolt in connection with the deaths, though not before local newspaper The Clarion-Ledger had a chance to interview him at the scene.


“I ain’t fit to live, not after what I done,” he told the paper.

According to the AP, the rampage began after authorities received a call about a domestic dispute, though a Mississippi Bureau of Investigation spokesman told the outlet that it was too soon to discuss a motive. The shootings spanned a total of three homes in two separate areas, both just over 50 miles south of Jackson.


A sheriff’s deputy, identified as 36-year-old William Durr, was among those killed, as well as two boys.

Though authorities didn’t disclose the relationship between the suspect and the victims, Godbolt himself told the Ledger that he was talking with his wife and her family when the police were called.


“I was having a conversation with her stepdaddy and her mama and her, my wife, about me taking my children home,” he said. “Somebody called the officer, people that didn’t even live at the house. That’s what they do. They intervene.”

He added that he’d intended to die at the hands of police.

“My intentions was to have God kill me. I ran out of bullets,” he said. “Suicide by cop was my intention.”

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