The sheriff’s deputy killed during a Mississippi shooting rampage was a father and husband who was a two year veteran of the force.
Before joining the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department, William Durr, 36, had worked as a police officer in another jurisdiction.
Durr was murdered when he responded to a domestic violence call in rural Mississippi on May 28. The suspect, Willie Corey Godbolt is accused of murdering eight people in all in a shooting spree that spanned three different homes.
His name is sometimes given as Willie Cory Godbolt and Cory or Corey Godbolt.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Durr Had Served as a Law Enforcement Officer for Six Years
According to NBC News, the slain deputy was a two-year veteran of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department.
Before that, he served as a Brookhaven, Mississippi police officer for four years, according to NBC.
2. Durr Responded to a Domestic Call & Three Women Were Found Dead at the Same Scene
The shooting spree broke out when Durr responded to a domestic call. His body was discovered near the bodies of three women, who have not yet been identified, reports NBC.
According to NBC, the suspect then went to two other homes, killing two boys and an adult man and woman. The ages and identifies of those victims have also not been released.
3. Durr Is the First Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputy to Die in the Line of Duty
According to the Daily Leader, Durr is the first Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputy to die in the line of duty.
Clarion-Ledger reporter Therese Apel tweeted that Durr is a husband and father.
4. Godbolt Confessed on Video to Killing Durr & Others During a Dramatic Video From the Scene
A reporter for the Clarion-Ledger newspaper, Apel, managed to briefly interview Godbolt at the scene, and she asked him about the death of the sheriff’s deputy.
“My pain wasn’t designed for him,” Godbolt says on the video. “He was just there. We was talking about me taking my children, and auntie called the police. I was having a conversation with her stepdaddy, and her momma, and her, my wife, about me taking my children home, and someone called… People who didn’t even live at the house. That’s what they do. They intervene. They cost him his life, I’m sorry.”
In another video, he also shouted about loving his wife.
“Suicide by cop was my intention. I ain’t fit to live. Not after what I’ve done,” he allegedly also said to The Clarion-Ledger reporter.
The reporter asked what was next for him.
“Death. Death. My intention was to have ya’ll kill me. I ran out of bullets.”
5. Mississippi’s Governor Released a Statement Honoring Those Who Serve
Phil Bryant, the governor of Mississippi, released a statement praying for those who were lost. He mentioned the sacrifice of the deputy sheriff.
“I ask all Mississippians to join Deborah and me in praying for those lost in Lincoln County,” he said on Facebook. “Every day, the men and women who wear the badge make some measure of sacrifice to protect and serve their communities. Too often, we lose one of our finest. I thank the law enforcement agencies involved for their hard work. May the peace of the Almighty wash over those hurting after this senseless tragedy.”