‘Community is hurting,’ mayor says after officer’s death
“Our community is hurting,” Greenville Mayor Errick D. Simmons said Wednesday outside City Hall, where he was joined by law enforcement officers.
Simmons said Stewart is survived by his 3-year-old son, his parents and other family members.
Tindell said in a statement that a suspect has been hospitalized and is in custody. The commissioner did not identify the suspect or specify his injuries. Tindell did not provide any further details about the circumstances of Stewart’s murder.
Greenville, with a population of approximately 28,775, is near the Arkansas state line, approximately 110 miles (180 kilometers) north of Jackson, Mississippi. News organizations reported the shooting occurred at the intersection of U.S. Highway 82 and Mississippi Highway 1.
Stewart graduated from Greenville High School. She majored in criminal justice at nearby Delta State University, where she played basketball in the 2013-14 season.
“She was someone who showed courage,” Simmons said. “He was someone who put fear aside to help someone else.”
The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is reviewing Stewart’s shooting, as it does all shootings involving state officers.
“I am truly saddened by the tragic loss of Detective Stewart,” Republican Gov. Tate Reeves said. wrote Wednesday on Twitter. “Please join me in praying for his family, friends and the entire Greenville Police Department.”
Two other Mississippi law enforcement officers have been killed on duty this year. Johnny Patterson was hit by a car on January 13 while directing traffic outside a primary school in Shannon, and died eight days later. Patterson worked for the school and was Deputy Chief of Police in Verona. On June 9, an officer from the Meridian Police Department Kennis Croom was shot while responding to a domestic violence call.