Lincoln County Deputy William Durr killed in Mississippi shootings

PUBLISHED Sun, May 28, 2017 - 12:35pm EDT
Credit: Oxford Police Department

The Lincoln County sheriff's deputy who was killed in Sunday's shooting spree in Mississippi has been identified as William Durr, local officials say. He was a husband and father who also worked with children. (more)

-- EARLIER STORY: 8 dead in Mississippi shooting spree, suspect in custody --

Deputy Durr, 36, worked for the Brookhaven Police Department for four years before joining the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, where he worked for two years. He was killed on Sunday morning while responding to a call in Bogue Chitto.

In a 2014 interview with The Daily Leader, the officer said he loved making children smile with puppets. "When I was eight years old I had a Charlie McCarthy ventriloquist puppet. I loved doing that and practiced with it a lot," he was quoted as saying.

As such, he worked with youth groups and performed puppet shows at events for children at churches and other places. He performed at Brookhaven Academy earlier in May, The Daily Leader reported.

He worked as a mental health technician before pursuing a career in law enforcement.

Deputy Durr responded to a home in Bogue Chitto on early Sunday morning after someone called police for a man who refused to leave the property. The man then opened fire, killing Deputy Durr and 3 others before fleeing the scene. The shooter killed 4 other people in two separate shootings in Brookhaven.

In an interview after the shooting, the suspect - 35-year-old Willie "Cory" Godbolt - said he had not intended to kill the deputy. He said the shooting happened after a domestic dispute involving his children, during which someone called police and Deputy Durr responded to the scene.

  Bogue Chitto, MS     





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