The Brookhaven, Mississippi police department received a call at about 5 a.m. this morning of shots fired in a neighborhood, according to Fox. The responding officers, two of which were Cpl Zack Moak and Patrolman James White, came under fire and engaged the suspect in a shootout. Both Moak and White were fatally shot.
“These are two awesome people that lost their lives in the line of duty and they’re both heroes…They did their job. 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.” Police Chief Kenneth Collins
White arrived at the scene first, then Moak. Both were wearing ‘bulletproof’ vests and were equipped with body cameras and dash cams.
Corporal Moak had been with the Brookhaven police for 3 years, Patrolman White had recently rejoined the department after working for the Monticello police.
The suspect was identified as Marquis Aaron Flowers, 25. He was wounded in the exchange of gunfire and was transported to a hospital in Jackson, Mississippi.
The details of the shooting are sparse at this time. The Mississippi Bureau of Investigations will be reviewing any camera footage to find out what actually occurred.
The Clarion Ledger reported,
“MBI had sealed off the three roads leading to the residence hours after the shooting as residents looked on from their porches. Witnesses had different recollections of what occurred Saturday morning. Some said they hadn’t heard any gunshots in the densely packed neighborhood. Another resident, who asked not to be identified, said he did hear the shots and immediately jumped to the floor for safety.
Moak graduated from Enterprise Attendance Center in Lincoln County and studied auto mechanics at Copiah-Lincoln Community College. He began his career with BPD in 2015.
White had returned to work for the department after a stint with the Monticello Police Department, about 20 miles east of Brookhaven.”
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Featured photo (Screenshot)= L-Cpl Moak, R-Patrolman White