Mississippi Officer Killed
Law enforcement authorities are reporting that one officer is dead and three are hospitalized with gunshot wounds after a standoff in northeastern Mississippi.
Department of Public Safety spokesman Warren Strain says the standoff ended in gunfire early Saturday at a home near the town of Iuka, Mississippi. The suspect is dead and the wounds of the two other officers are not life-threatening.
The Clarion-Ledger has identified the deceased officer as Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics Officer Lee Tartt, 44.
A 22 year veteran, Tartt was the 2011 MBN Agent of the year and won the H. Lane Caldwell Award for Valor in 2012.
Tartt is survived by his wife and two children.
Gov. Phil Bryant issued a statement Saturday morning about Tartt.
“Our men and women in law enforcement put themselves in harm’s way every hour of every shift. This is a tragic reminder that their willingness to serve can exact the highest price,” he said. “Deborah and I ask all Mississippians to join us in praying for the family of the fallen officer. May God hold him in the hollow of His hand.”