8 Killed in Miss. Shootings, Including Sheriff's Deputy

Suspect in custody after shootings at 3 different homes
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 28, 2017 8:51 AM CDT
Updated May 28, 2017 1:43 PM CDT
8 Killed in Miss. Shootings, Including Sheriff's Deputy
Vehicles are parked outside a Bogue Chitto, Miss., house Sunday, scene of one of the shootings.   (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

A man who got into an argument with his estranged wife over their children was arrested in a house-to-house shooting rampage in rural Mississippi that left eight people dead, including a sheriff's deputy, per the AP. "I ain't fit to live, not after what I done," a handcuffed Willie Corey Godbolt, 35, told the Clarion-Ledger. The shootings took place at three homes Saturday night—two in Brookhaven and one in Bogue Chitto—about 70 miles south of Jackson, after authorities got a call about a domestic dispute, the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation said. The dead included two boys, investigators said. Godbolt was listed in good condition at a hospital with a gunshot wound; authorities did not say how he was wounded. Bureau of Investigation spokesman Warren Strain said charges had yet to be filed and it was too soon to say what the motive was.

Authorities gave no details on the relationship between Godbolt and the victims. However, Godbolt himself shed some light on what happened in a video interview with the newspaper as he sat with his hands cuffed behind his back on the side of a road. Godbolt said he was talking with his wife and in-laws when somebody called authorities. "I was having a conversation with her stepdaddy and her mama and her, my wife, about me taking my children home," he said. "Somebody called the officer, people that didn't even live at the house. That's what they do. They intervene." "They cost him his life," he said, apparently referring to the deputy. "I'm sorry." The stepfather-in-law, Vincent Mitchell, said in an interview that Godbolt's wife and their two children had been staying at his Bogue Chitto home for about three weeks after she left her husband. (More mass shootings stories.)

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