Shooting investigation in early stages
The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is sifting through information after a male suspect was shot and killed by a Tate County Sheriff’s deputy in Looxahoma.
Sheriff Brad Lance said the patrol deputy attempted to stop a vehicle on Highway 4 East Thursday, Sept. 23, at approximately 4:10 p.m., driven by a suspect with an outstanding warrant in connection with a domestic violence case.
Lance said the suspect , he identified as Keath Cole, 50, of Como, tried to elude the deputy by parking on the shoulder of Highway 4 and fleeing on foot into a wooded area behind Looxahoma Church of Christ on Lyles Road. Minutes later, the deputy spotted the suspect lying on the ground and attempted to take him into custody.
According to Lance, the suspect refused to comply with several commands and the situation escalated to a point where the deputy discharged his weapon, striking the suspect twice.
The site of the shooting was cordoned off and personnel from Pafford Medical Services were dispatched before the suspect was pronounced dead on scene by Tate County Coroner Pat Kizziah.
Lance did not release the name of the deputy because the investigation is in its very early stages.
“Obviously, since this is an officer-involved shooting, the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation has been notified and they will send agents and crime-scene personnel to the area,” Lance said. “We have turned over all information to them, including footage from the body camera and patrol vehicle.”