Bay St. Louis police foil attempted post office burglary

John Paul Mitchell. Image source: Hancock County Sheriff's Office.
John Paul Mitchell. Image source: Hancock County Sheriff's Office.

BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - Bay St. Louis police foiled an attempted burglary at the United States Post Office on Highway 90 early Friday morning.  Bay St. Louis Chief of Police Michael DeNardo said officers responded to the post office's silent alarm shortly after midnight.

Officers noticed the glass of the front door had been busted out. Authorities said 26-year-old John Paul Mitchell was found trying to leave the back of the building through the mail sorting area.

DeNardo said Mitchell became violent with officers and tried to assault them with a fire extinguisher. Officials said Mitchell was then shot with a Taser, restrained and taken into custody by police.

Mitchell has been charged with burglary, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Additional charges are still pending from the Federal Government.

DeNardo said the U.S. Post Office Inspection Service is working to determine the amount of damaged caused to the building. The investigation is ongoing.

DeNardo said Mitchell is being held at the Hancock County Jail on an $11,000 bond. His initial court date is set for February 19.

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