A sheriff’s deputy in Mississippi was killed after a duty-related shooting in Hancock County, according to authorities.
Hancock County Sheriff’s Office said Lt. Michael Boutte lost his life while responding to a call involving an armed and suicidal man on Monday afternoon.
The suspect in question was shot by another deputy after Lieutenant Boutte was hit.
According to KIRO7, both wounded men were flown to a hospital in New Orleans, where Boutte later succumbed to his wounds. The status of the suspect is unknown.
Prior to his eight years in law enforcement, Boutte had served in the US Air Force.
“The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office suffered a huge loss today,” Hancock County Sheriff Ricky Adam said in the statement. “Mike was an incredible deputy and more so a fine person. He was a mentor to our younger deputies, and I know he will be greatly missed by his peers. You never saw him without a smile or a positive attitude. I can’t begin to describe the heartbreak we are all experiencing right now. My thoughts, prayers and heart go out to his family and loved ones.”
The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is reviewing the incident.
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