Greenville, MS – Greenville Police Department (GPD) Detective Myiesha Stewart died in the line of duty after being 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.
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.
She rose quickly through the ranks of the GPD after graduating from the law enforcement academy less than four years ago, Simmons said during an emotional press conference on Wednesday afternoon.
“Today, we feel the hurt of a three-year-old son left without a mother. We feel the hurt of mother and a father…that have lost a daughter. We feel the hurt of a police department that has lost an officer,” he said.
The mayor commended the law enforcement officers who serve his community, noting that they “wake up every day of their lives to protect and serve.”
“When people are running away from danger, they run to the danger,” Simmons said. “Myiesha Stewart was one of those brave women.”
The mayor said the young officer exhibited “heart and courage…[and] put fear aside to help someone else.”
“In her final act, she leaves a legacy of duty, honor, strength, courage, and service,” Simmons said.
🚨Greenville Police Department has lowered its flag at half- staff to remember fallen police officer Myiesha Stewart 💔
People are also coming to pay their respects by placing flowers around the pole in her remembrance 💔
— Chris Fields WLBT (@ChrisFieldsWLBT) October 12, 2022
Last night, Detective Myiesha Stewart of the Greenville Police Department was shot and killed in the line of duty.
I am truly saddened by the tragic loss of Detective Stewart. Please join me in prayer for her family, her friends, and the entire Greenville Police Department. pic.twitter.com/XjNtLWC9b6
— Governor Tate Reeves (@tatereeves) October 12, 2022
The Delta State family is saddened by the tragic loss of former player and Greenville detective Myiesha Stewart. She was a member of the 2013-14 Lady Statesmen basketball team.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Stewart family & all involved in the Greenville, Miss. community. pic.twitter.com/rbEIrV1Rju
— Delta State Athletics (@DSUStatesmen) October 12, 2022
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Greenville Police Department Detective Myiesha Stewart, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Detective Myiesha Stewart, your life mattered.