Mississippi authorities announced on Sunday the suspect, responsible for shooting and killing 8 people including a sheriff’s deputy, is in custody.
Warren Strain, Mississippi Bureau of Investigation spokesperson, stated that the shootings took place at three distinct homes Saturday evening in rural Lincoln County.
Two of the three homes are in Brookhaven and the third one is in Bogue Chitto. The district is about 68 miles south of the capital, Jackson.
Investigators were then collection evidence from three separate homes.
No charges have been filed against the suspect, named Cory Godbolt, who was arrested in Brookhaven. However, during an interview with The Clarion-Ledger newspaper, the suspect revealed some information related to the events prior to the shootings.
“I ain’t fit to live, not after what I done,” Godbolt said after his arrest.
When did the shooting happen? Where was the suspect then?
Godbolt noted that he was having a conversation with his wife and her family when someone called authorities.
“I was having a conversation with her stepdaddy and her mama and her, my wife, about me taking my children home,” the suspect says on the video. “Somebody called the officer, people that didn’t even live at the house. That’s what they do. They intervene.
“They cost him his life,” the suspect stated referring to the deputy. “I’m sorry.”
The suspect’s intentions
The suspect explained his intentions and that he didn’t want the police to arrest him alive.
“My intentions was to have God kill me. I ran out of bullets,” he said. “Suicide by cop was my intention,” he confessed.
In a statement by Governor Phil Bryant, he asked the people to pray for all the victims. Bryant also praised the “sacrifice” by law enforcement officers to make us safe and serve their communities.
“Every day, the men and women who wear the badge make some measure of sacrifice to protect and serve their communities. Too often, we lose one of our finest. I thank the law enforcement agencies involved for their hard work,” Bryant said.