VANCLEAVE, MS (WLOX) - A rural neighborhood in Jackson County was buzzing with sheriff's deputies and covered with police tape early Tuesday morning as officials tried to piece together what led to a shooting that sent one man to the hospital.
According to his neighbors, William Thompson, 47, had been sending suicidal messages to a woman who claims to be Thompson's ex-girlfriend. Jackson County court clerk Lisa Fairley confirms a judge denied an order of protection against Thompson filed by the woman.
She called the sheriff's department, sending them to a mobile home on Sugargate Drive where a confrontation became heated.
This wasn't the first time deputies have had to respond to Thompson's address. Sheriff Mike Ezell said deputies had been called out several times over the past week alone where Thompson made threats against them. This caused the sheriff's department to issue an Officer Safety Alert at the address.
When deputies arrived this time, it was no different. They said Thompson threatened to shoot anyone on his property, including law enforcement. At some point during the exchange, the deputies ordered Thompson to drop his gun and then opened fire injuring him.
Thompson was taken to Ocean Springs Hospital and admitted to intensive care. The case was turned over to the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation. The two deputies who were involved in the shooting are on administrative leave with pay.