A Mississippi man is in custody after a shooting rampage left eight dead, including a local sheriff’s deputy.
The suspect, Willie Cory Godbolt confessed his crimes at the scene of his arrest to The Jackson Clarion-Ledger while video cameras were rolling. He’s been charged with one count of capital murder, and seven counts of first-degree murder. Godbolt is currently being treated for a gunshot wound at a local Jackson hospital.
“I ain’t fit to live, not after what I done,” said Godbolt. “Not in y’all eyes, not in nobody else’s eyes. My pain wasn’t designed for him. He was just there. We was talking about me trying to take the children home… somebody called the officer…. that’s what they do, they intervene. It cost him his life. I’m sorry. My intentions was to have God kill me. I ran out of bullets. Suicide by cop was my intention. I ain’t fit to live.”
According to Mississippi Bureau of Investigation spokesman Warren Strain, the murders took place at three separate residences Saturday night in a rural area just south of Jackson, Mississippi. While it was unknown at the time of press what led Godbolt to the madness that carried him through his rampage of two neighborhoods in Lincoln County Mississippi (Brookhaven and Bogue Chitto), Godbolt says that he was trying to talk to his children when the deputy that he shot, and killed, approached him.
Mississippi News Now reported that the deputy, 36-year-old William Durr, had been with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department for two years following four years of service with the Brookhaven Police Department.
According to authorities, Godbolt’s run of terror started Saturday night at a house in Bogue Chitto (the same area Godbolt holds residence) where police found four dead bodies, three females and the male deputy. The police were then led by a 911 call to a second location in Brookhaven, where the bodies of two juvenile males were found. It’s believed that Godbolt held those two males hostage for an undetermined amount of time before killing them. The third and final crime scene contained a male and a female body.
None of the victim’s names have been released by police while authorities attempt to notify their next of kin. One 16-year old male, who had been taken hostage by Godbolt, was safe Sunday afternoon Mississippi authorities said.
Lincoln County Mississippi paper The Daily Leader is reporting that Godbolt had an extensive criminal record. According to the publication, Godbolt has been charged with assault, strong-armed robbery, disorderly conduct, and driving without a license/insurance.
A Bogue Chitto resident, Vincent Mitchell, told the Associated Press that the slayings “all stemmed from domestic violence.”
Mitchell (who is Godbolt’s stepfather-in-law) said Godbolt had been arguing with his wife (who he is separated from) about their two children. He says Godbolt came to his home Saturday to talk with his wife about taking their two children with him. Mitchell also said Godbolt appeared to be leaving after the deputy was called to the house, “then he reached into his back pocket and started shooting.”
Mississippi state Governor Phil Bryant issued a statement to residents asking for them to pray for the victims. Bryant also expressed his thoughts on the “sacrifice” of the slain law enforcement officer and the everyday duty those in uniform give to 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 in a statement to members of the press.
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