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11/28/05

Two Wiggins Police Officers Killed Answering Call For Help

Wiggins Police Officers Brandon Breland, 23, and Odel Fite, 48 Wiggins Police Officers Brandon Breland, 23, and Odel Fite, 48

A domestic disturbance call to Wiggins Police ended Sunday night with the deaths of two police officers.

When a 911 call came in to police, the only two Wiggins officers on duty went to a home on South First Street to help the woman who called. After just a few minutes, something went terribly wrong.

The two officers were not answering their radios, and when back up from the Stone County Sheriff's department arrived, their worst fears were realized. Brandon Breland, 23, and Odel Fite, 48, had been shot to death.

Breland is a five year veteran narcotics officer with the department. He is a Perkinston native and has served his entire career in Wiggins. He leaves behind a fiancee.

Fite is a 24 year veteran law enforcer and the former chief at New Augusta. He was just rehired by the Wiggins Police Department in September. He leaves behind a wife, three children ages 25, 24 and 13, as well as four grandchildren.

Ronald Husband was arrested Sunday night after surrendering to law enforcement officers at his home in Brooklyn just minutes north of Wiggins.

Officials say Husband spoke to a local minister before turning himself in to police. He was arrested without incident and interviewed most of the night by MS Bureau of Investigations.

The 46-year-old does have a criminal record, though Wiggins Police did not give details. Husband made a court appearance Monday. He's charged with two counts of capital murder - crimes that carry the death penalty if he's convicted. He's being held at the Stone County Jail.

Wiggins Police Chief Buddy Bell would not answer speculation that the police officers were shot with their own weapons.

"A handgun was the weapon that was used,'' Bell said.

The chief said the shootings had dealt the small town a "devastating blow.''

"It's hard. We've lost two family members,'' Bell said. "We will deal with it like any other family.''

The department has 15 officers.

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