BROOKHAVEN, MISS. – Officials have reported that two police officers were shot and killed in a shootout in Mississippi.
Police said that Zack Moak, 31, and James White, 35, members of Brookhaven Police Department, were killed when they went to an address and exchanged gunfire with a man who was wounded, FOX News reports.
The governor of Mississippi sent out a tweet:
Let us all pray just now for the family and loved ones of these fallen heroes. May the Good Lord hold them in his everlasting arms. https://t.co/WMJKTJ13dP
— Phil Bryant (@PhilBryantMS) September 29, 2018
The two officers arrived at the house around 5 a.m. to investigate a report of shots fired.
“These are two awesome people that lost their lives in the line of duty and they’re both heroes,” Police Chief Kenneth Collins told a news conference. “They did their job.”
He added: “Men and women of law enforcement, we are not going to give up. This is what we do. They did their jobs and I am proud of both of them. I want the families to know that two heroes lost their lives, and they are in the presence of Jesus right now.”
Suspect Marquis Flowers, 25, was taken to the hospital. His condition was not released.
Gov. Phil Bryant issued a statement via Twitter asking for prayers “for the family and loved ones of these fallen heroes.”
Moak had been a Brookhaven cop for three years. White had just joined the department for a second time, Collins said.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends and their fellow officers.
Rest in peace and thank you for your service.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
WE WANT TO THANK ALL THE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN WHO HAVE DEDICATED THEIR LIVES TO KEEPING OUR COUNTRY SAFE.