Greenville, MS – A Greenville police detective was fatally shot while responding to a call on Tuesday night.
The incident occurred near the intersection of Highway 82 and Highway 1 at approximately 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 11, WLOX reported.
Law enforcement sources said a gunman shot a male victim in the head and a female victim in the foot, according to the news outlet.
The alleged gunman and the victim who was shot in the head were airlifted to a hospital in Jackson, the sources told WLOX.
Mississippi Department of Public Safety (DPS) Commissioner Sean Tindell said in a Facebook post on Wednesday morning that Greenville Police Department (GPD) Detective Myiesha Stewart was shot and killed in the line of duty while responding to the call.
No other information was immediately released.
The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is handling the ongoing investigation into the fatal shooting.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Detective Myiesha Stewart,” Commissioner Tindell wrote. “Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends as well as the members of the Greenville Police Department.”
Greenville Mayor Errick Simmons confirmed that multiple people were injured during the attack.
“Several people were injured by gunshots, including an investigator with the Greenville Police Department who has unfortunately passed away as a result of the incident,” Simmons said in a press release.
“Greenville Chief of Police Marcus Turner, Sr. and I have visited with family of the deceased officer and we asked on behalf of the family for your continued prayers, condolences, and support during this very difficult time,” the mayor added.
Flags have been lowered to half-staff in honor of the slain detective, WAPT reported.
“Our first responders need prayers, grief counseling and spiritual advice as a result of our tragic loss,” Simmons said in a statement. “Counselors, pastors and religious leaders will be on-hand to comfort and provide services to our first responders.”
Det. Stewart, 30, graduated from high school in Greenville and majored in criminal justice at Delta State University, where she also played basketball, WTVA reported.
DPS Commissioner Sean Tindell identifies the #fallen Greenville Police Officer killed in the line of duty last night.
— Mike Evans (@crabblers) October 12, 2022
We send our condolences to the Greenville Police Department as they mourn the loss of Officer Myiesha Stewart who was was killed in the line of duty last night.
We are praying for her family, friends and GPD. pic.twitter.com/z6cYESFG3d
— Southaven Police Department (@PoliceSouthaven) October 12, 2022
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