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11-28-2005, 10:16 #1Rookie
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Wiggins MS officers gunned down
From the Clarion Ledger
November 28, 2005
Wiggins officers gunned down
Two lawmen shot while responding to domestic dispute call, sheriff says
From staff reports
Two Wiggins police officers were shot and killed Sunday night while responding to a domestic dispute call, and a Forrest County man was in custody, an official said.
Ronald Husbands of Maxie surrendered to Forrest County and Stone County officers at his home, said Stone County Sheriff Mike Farmer.
Maxie is a community south of Hattiesburg on U.S. 49.
No charges have been filed against Husbands, Farmer said. "We've just detained him for investigative purposes," he said.
The two officers â€” whose names were not released â€” are at least the fifth and sixth law enforcement officers killed this year in Mississippi.
The two officers responded to a domestic disturbance call at 8:01 p.m. at a mobile home on First Street next to J.F. Miller Timber Co. in Wiggins, Farmer said.
"From what I gather, they (the Wiggins Police Department) were unable to reach (the officers) by radio," Farmer said. "My deputies and an investigator found them. They had been shot."
Farmer said the officers were found outside the mobile home.
The shooting investigation has been turned over to the Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol's Criminal Investigation Bureau.
The Wiggins Police Department has about 18 officers, a dispatcher said late Sunday night.
11-28-2005, 14:42 #2
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11-28-2005, 14:58 #3
From The Clarion Ledger Online:
November 28, 2005
Bond denied in slaying of 2 Wiggins officers
By Chris Joyner
WIGGINS â€” A 46-year-old man from the Brooklyn community faces two charges of capital murder in the shooting death of two Wiggins police officers Sunday night.
A Stone County Justice Court judge this morning denied bond to Ronald Husband after Husband was formally charged with two counts of capital murder in the deaths of police officers Odel Fite, 48, and Brandon Breland, 23.
The officers were killed after they responded to a domestic disturbance call less than a mile from the police station.
Husband was returned to the Stone County Regional Correctional Facility after appearing before Judge Theresa Dearman.
Wiggins Police Chief Buddy Bell said the shootings had dealt the small town a "devastating blow."
"It's hard. We've lost two family members," Bell said. "We will deal with it like any other family."
Police officers responded to the call at 8 p.m. Sunday but failed to check back in with police dispatchers after arriving. After several minutes of trying to raise the officers by radio, Stone County sheriff's deputies and a Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol unit were sent to the address.
The two officers were found outside the singlewide mobile home. Police sealed the property . A SWAT team was brought in from Gulfport, but it was later determined that Husband was not at the property. He was arrested by the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations around 10 p.m. at his Brooklyn residence.
Bell said Husband had spoken to his pastor, but said he did not know whether he was talked into surrendering.
Bell also would not answer speculation that the police officers were shot with their own weapons. "A handgun was the weapon that was used," Bell said.
Bell said that the shooting did not appear to be an ambush.
Husband has a criminal record and was, in fact, arrested by Bell 20 years ago. Bell would not go into the charges from that arrest.
Fite was a 24-year law enforcement veteran and a former police chief from a neighboring New Augusta. He had been with the Wiggins Police Department 1 1/2 years.
Breland, a Perkinston native, had been with the department for five years and was a trained narcotics officer.
Fite leaves behind a wife and two teenage children. Breland leaves behind a fiancee.
Fite's wife today said he treated everyone with respect.
"He put 110 percent in his job and his family," Kay Fite said of her 48-year-old husband.
"The criminals, he treated them like people," Kay Fite said. "I'm sure the person he dealt with tonight, he didn't go in there with a cocky attitude."
The Fites have three children and four grandchildren, she said.
Wiggins Police Department has 15 sworn officers. Fite and Breland were the only two officers on duty at the time of the shooting. They are the first police officers killed in Wiggins in nearly 40 years.
Husband is being held in a regional correctional facility. Bell said the domestic call stemmed from an argument Husband had with a female friend who lived at the mobile home. Bell said the unidentified woman sought medical treatment.
Wiggins Mayor Jerry Alexander said the department is in a state of shock. "But when I've seen them this morning, they seemed to be handling themselves pretty good."
MBI is handling the investigation.
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11-28-2005, 16:15 #4