REENVILLE, Mississippi – A female officer leaves behind a 3-year-old son after she was shot and killed by a suspect in what is being described as a “big shootout.”
Detective Myiesha Stewart, 30, was shot and killed Tuesday night as she and other officers responded to a call, according to Mississippi Public Safety Commissioner Sean Tindell.
It happened on Highway 1 and Highway 82 in Greenville around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Several other people were injured by gunfire. Law enforcement sources told WLBT that a suspect shot a male in the head and a female in the foot. The suspect and the man he allegedly shot were airlifted to a Jackson hospital.
“I am truly saddened by the tragic loss of Detective Stewart,” Republican Gov. Tate Reeves wrote Wednesday on Twitter. “Please join me in prayer for her family, her friends, and the entire Greenville Police Department.”
“Our community is hurting,” Greenville Mayor Mayor Errick D. Simmons said Wednesday outside City Hall, where he was joined by law enforcement officers.
Simmons said Stewart is survived by her 3-year-old son, her parents and other family members.