Police shooting in D'Iberville has lasting impact on officers

Police shooting in D'Iberville has lasting impact on officers
D'Iberville Police Chief Wayne Payne said an officer opened fire Tuesday morning at an 18-year-old burglary suspect but the suspect was not shot. (Source: WLOX)
D'Iberville Police Chief Wayne Payne said an officer opened fire Tuesday morning at an 18-year-old burglary suspect but the suspect was not shot. (Source: WLOX)

D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - The investigation continues after an intense standoff Tuesday morning in D'Iberville. No one was injured after a police officer opened fire on a suspect, but the effects of the event are still being felt.

The Quail Creek neighborhood was rattled by a scene that could have ended a lot worse. D'Iberville police rushed to a home after a call was made around 8 a.m. about a burglary in progress.
    
An officer found an 18-year-old man outside of the house holding a rifle. The officer asked the suspect to drop the gun.

"Instead of dropping the weapon, the male subject raised the weapon at the officer. At that point, the officer shot at him," said Police Chief Wayne Payne.

No shots hit the suspect, and he immediately surrendered to the police. The rifle turned out to be a pellet gun, and the house belongs to the suspect's family.

Payne said it didn't take long to find a key piece of evidence for the case inside the house.

"We have found a note that the individual wanted to end his life," said Payne.

Finding this note led the investigating team to believe that the suspect was attempting suicide by the police. He was taken to the hospital for mental evaluations. 
    
Deputy Police Chief Clay Jones said the effects of this kind of event always cast a wide net.

"It weighs heavy on the officers who have to respond to the call. You know, they've got to go home at the end of the day, and we always say that we don't want to take the job home with us," said Jones.

It's this type of call that Jones says hits close to home.

"As soon as the information got out to the media, we all started receiving text and phone calls from our loved ones to make sure it wasn't us and that we're OK and how's our officers doing and things like that. It's a concern for everyone," said Jones.

The Harrison County Sheriff's Department and the District Attorney's Office are leading the ongoing investigation.

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