Police officer killed, 3 others wounded in Mississippi shooting

IUKA, Mississippi (AP) – Authorities say the gunfight that left a Mississippi law enforcement agent dead and three state troopers injured followed a six-hour standoff, during which a man holed up in his home with his wife and 10-year-old daughter.

Department of Public Safety spokesman Warren Strain says the woman and child were rescued, but the man was killed after he opened fire as tactical teams entered the home in rural northeastern Mississippi.

The incident began Friday evening with a domestic dispute call and ended in gunfire sometime around midnight. Multiple police agencies remained on the scene Saturday afternoon at the one-story house in sparsely populated woods in Tishomingo County.

Killed were 44-tear-old Mississippi narcotics agent James Lee Tartt and suspected gunman Charles Lee Lambert, who was 45.


11:15 a.m.

The aunt of a law enforcement officer shot and killed in northwest Mississippi says he wanted to “make the world a better place.”

Julia Criss Tartt, of Grenada, Mississippi,. says James Lee Tartt was dedicated to his job and battling the region’s drug problems.

Tartt was an officer with the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics. He was shot and killed early Saturday when the SWAT team he was part of forcibly entered a house after an hourslong standoff with a resident inside.

Authorities say the resident opened fire on the team, killing Tartt and wounding three other officers.

Tartt’s aunt says when family members found out he was killed, the first thought was that they had “…lost a good man.”


10 a.m.

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is calling on his state’s residents to pray for the family of a state narcotics agent killed when a standoff at a Tishomingo County home ended in gunfire.

Tishomingo Coroner Mack Wilemon says 44-year-old James Lee Tartt of Grenada was part of a SWAT team that was forcibly entering a home where a domestic dispute had resulted in an hourslong standoff. The man believed to have fired at police – 45-year-old Charles Lee Lambert of Iuka – also was killed.

Both men had multiple gunshot wounds. Autopsies were planned.

The shooting happened early Saturday. Of the three other law enforcement officials who were wounded, two had injuries that were not life-threatening.


9:25 a.m.

A coroner in Mississippi has identified a law enforcement agent and a suspected gunman who were killed when a standoff in the northeastern part of the state ended in gunfire.

James Lee Tartt of Grenada, a 44-year-old Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics Agent, was killed. Also killed was the man said to have shot at police officers: 45-year-old Charles Lee Lambert of Iuka (eye-YOU’-kah).

The shooting happened around 12:30 a.m. Saturday in rural Tishomingo County. Coroner Mack Wilemon says it followed an hour-long standoff that developed as a result of some kind of domestic dispute. Members of a state SWAT team had been called to the scene.

Three other law enforcement agents were injured – two with wounds that were not life threatening.


8:30 a.m.

Law enforcement authorities say one officer is dead and three are hospitalized with gunshot wounds after a standoff in northeastern Mississippi.

Department of Public Safety spokesman Warren Strain says the standoff ended in gunfire early Saturday at a home near the town of Iuka, Mississippi.

Strain says the man who shot at officers is also dead. The wounds of two of the officers are not life-threatening.

A woman and a girl inside the house are alive.

The state’s SWAT team was called to the scene Friday evening by local authorities to respond to the standoff.

Strain declined to identify the officers and the suspect. He also did not identify the agency for whom the deceased officer worked.


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