PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - The Pascagoula Police Chief is defending his officer after a deadly shooting. It all unfolded around midnight on Highway 90 just east of Industrial Road. An officer was responding to a call of a woman being stabbed.
When the officer stopped the man believed to be the suspect, officials said the man got out the car wielding a firearm. That's when the officer opened fire. While the department said it was self defense, some community members seem to have mixed reactions.
It's been a violent 24 hours in Pascagoula, starting at the Bandywood Apartments and ended with a police officer shooting and killing a man.
"We seen the fire trucks and ambulances and cops," Bryanna Wright said.
Police got a 911 call that a man, believed to be Floyd Beverly Jr., stabbed a woman multiple times in her head and face. Blood stains were still on the concrete near her door.
"I describe it as very tragic."
Malcolm Davis said he and his friend knew the stabbing victim and had also met Floyd Beverly.
"He didn't seem to be the type of person that would do something like this. Whatever his motive is, it's between him and God," Davis said.
Responding to stabbing report police say an officer spotted Beverly driving nearby and pulled him over.
"The suspect got of the vehicle and brandished a weapon. At that time, the officer had to take action," Deputy Chief Matt Chapman said.
Deputy Chief Matt Chapman said his officer then opened fire shooting Beverly in the chest.
"We are not releasing the name of the officer. Police Chief Kenny Johnson and I concluded the actions of the Pascagoula Police Department were necessary and justifiable."
Carlos Pratt and Bryanna Wright live at the Bandywood complex. Both said they agree the officer was acting in self defense.
"I believe they got to protect themselves," Carlos Pratt said.
"He got what was coming to him, and that is what I think because he shouldn't have done that."
Others question if deadly force was necessary.
"I don't think I would have wanted him killed. I think he should have been put in jail," a local woman said.
Officials said the officer's patrol car did have a video camera on the dash. That video and other evidence will be turned over to the district attorney's office to investigate.
Police said they have allowed the patrolman who killed Floyd Beverly to take off the next few days. Friends of the woman who was stabbed told WLOX news that she is hospitalized and in critical condition.