A man who went on a shooting rampage after a domestic argument is accused of killing eight people, including his mother-in-law and a sheriff’s deputy, at three different residences in Mississippi.
After Willie Corey Godbolt, 35, of Bogue Chitto, was arrested around 7am on Sunday, he tol dThe Clarion-Ledger he got into an argument with his estranged wife over their children on Saturday night
Neighbors called the police, and Godbolt allegedly killed responding deputy William Durr, 36, around 11:30pm along with three women at the home in the 2800 block of Lee Drive in Bogue Chitto. Godbolt’s wife fled the scene with her step-father.
Godbolt then made his way to the 1600 block of Coopertown Road, in Brockhaven, about 15 miles away, where the bodies of two juvenile boys were found, the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations said.
A man and a woman were found dead at a third crime scene at the 300 block of East Lincoln Road before Godbolt was arrested Sunday morning, more than seven hours after the first shooting broke out.
Godbolt, who faces charges of one count of capital murder and seven counts of first degree murder, told the Clarion-Ledger he ‘ran out of bullets’ and planned to die by committing ‘suicide by cop’.
‘I ain’t fit to live, not after what I done,’ a handcuffed Godbolt told the local newspaper.
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Godbolt (above) is accused of killing eight people at three different residences in Lincoln County, Mississippi on Saturday night after he got into a dispute with his wife and in-laws
Tragic: Lincoln County Sheriff Deputy William Durr (pictured left and right, with his wife and son), 36, was killed in a shooting at 11:30pm along with three females at a home in the 2800 block of Lee Drive in Bogue Chitto, Mississippi. The suspect, Willie Cory Godbolt, is in custody
Heartbreak: Vincent Mitchell (left) is Godbolt’s stepfather-in-law. Mitchell, who fled the scene, said his wife, Barbara Mitchell (right), her sister Brenda May and one of his wife’s daughters, Toccarra May, all died inside the home with the deputy during the first shooting
Victims: Toccarra May (left) and Brenda May (right) tragically died in the first shooting at a home on the 2800 block of Lee Drive in Bogue Chitto, Vincent Mitchell said
Goldbolt’s wife left him because of domestic violence, and stayed with her mother and stepfather in Bogue Chitto. He turned up to talk about their children when shots broke out
Goldbolt’s wife left him because of domestic violence, according to her stepfather Vincent Mitchell.
She took their two children and stayed with her mother and stepfather for the last three weeks.
Godbolt arrived at 2871 Lee Drive to talk with his wife and in-laws on Saturday 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,’ he said. ‘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,’ Godbolt said, apparently referring to the deputy. ‘I’m sorry.’
According to Mitchell, the sheriff’s deputy asked Godbolt to leave, and the 35-year-old suspect looked as if he were about to comply.
But he then reached into his back pocket, pulled out a gun and ‘just started shooting everything’, Mitchell said.
Mitchell said he escaped with his stepdaughter and her two children through a broken window, according toMSNewsNow.com.
But three other family members were killed in Mitchell’s home along with the deputy: his wife Barbara Mitchell, her sister Brenda May and one of the wife’s daughters, Toccarra May.
‘I’m devastated. It don’t seem like it’s real,’ Mitchell said outside his yellow frame house in the small community of 500 people about 65 miles south of the capital of Jackson.
After fleeing his in-laws’ house, Godbolt allegedly killed four more people at two other homes, authorities said.
Eight dead, including sheriff’s deputy, in Mississippi shooting
Goldbolt is accused of killing a deputy and three of his wife’s relatives at the first home at 2871 Lee Drive. He then fled, before two juvenile boys were found dead at the second residence, before a man and a woman were killed at the third home
Godbolt (pictured above on the ground) was captured Sunday morning shortly before 7am at Super Jack’s at East Lincoln Road and Hwy 84 after he tried to flee from the third crime scene
While sitting on the ground in handcuffs, Godbolt (above) told the Clarion-Ledger that his intentions were to take his children and that other people intervened. He said: ‘Suicide by cop was my intention, I ain’t fit to live not after what I’ve done, not in your eyes.’
Two juveniles were killed at 1658 Coopertown Road in neighboring Brookhaven, before the bodies of a man and woman were found at 312 East Lincoln Road.
Godbolt was arrested early Sunday trying to flee the third home on foot.
While sitting on the ground in handcuffs surrounded by law enforcement officers , Godbolt told the Clarion-Ledger of his intentions and said he did it because he loved his wife and children, adding that he loves Bogue Chitto.
He said he did not intend for police to capture him alive and that he ‘ran out of bullets.’
Godbolt also told a reporter that ‘death’ is next, saying: ‘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 not after what I’ve done, not in your eyes, not in nobody else’s eyes.
‘But God, you know, he forgives you for everything.’
Godbolt was then transported to a local hospital to be treated for a gunshot wound to the arm.
Authorities have not released the identities of all the victims and their relationship to Godbolt.
But a New Zion Union M. B. Church’s Facebook page posted a list of eight people. They are: Deputy Durr, Barbara Mitchell, Toccara May, Brenda May, Jordan Blackwell, Austin Edwards, Shelia Burage, and Ferral Burage.
‘Everybody that got killed was related to him, except the deputy,’ said Johnny Hall Sr., a longtime member of the church, where he said Godbolt also was a member.
At one point during the rampage, a 16-year-old male was allegedly taken hostage by Godbolt, although authorities have said he is now safe.
Tributes also poured in for Jordan Blackwell (above) and Austin Edwards (right) believed to be the two boys found dead at the second home in Brookhaven
Shelia and Ferral Burage were among the list of eight victims posted on New Zion Union M. B. Church’s Facebook page
Pictured Christianna May-Kelly, center, broke down in tears, saying her parents were among the people gunned down in Brookhaven
A Lincoln County Sheriff’s vehicle and evidence tape block a street in Brookhaven, Mississippi
Pictured, officials removing a body from one of the crime scenes in Brookhaven, Mississippi on Sunday
A Facebook page belonging to New Zion Union M. B. Church in Bogue Chitto posted a list of names (above) believed to be the victims in the shooting
Governor Phil Bryant issued a statement about the shootings and wrote: ‘I ask all Mississippians to join Deborah and me in praying for those lost in Lincoln County.
‘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. May the peace of the Almighty wash over those hurting after this senseless tragedy.’
Lincoln County Sheriff Steve Rushing told The Daily Leader that Deputy Durr ‘had a heart of gold’ and ‘would go out of his way to help anybody.’ Rushing says the 36-year-old Durr was married and had an 11-year-old son.
Rushing added: ‘It’s a small community and everybody’s hurting in one way or another. To me he died a hero doing his job.’
Pictured, an investigator carrying evidence from the Bogue Chitto home where four people were gunned down
Above people console each other near a house, in the background center, where several people were fatally killed
Above people embrace each other outside of a house where several people were fatally killed during the house-to-house shooting rampage
In 2014, Deputy Durr was interviewed by The Daily Leader for his love of ventriloquy and making people smile.
‘When I was eight years old I had a Charlie McCarthy ventriloquist puppet,’ he said. ‘I loved doing that and practiced with it a lot.
‘I have done a 50-year class reunion, but, mostly I do children’s churches, elementary schools, day cares, had a part in Brookhaven Children’s Summer Camp, birthdays… things like that.’
Durr (pictured) was a married father who had been a two-year veteran of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department
He was also a four-year veteran of the Brookhaven Police Department. Durr (above) said during a 2014 interview that he loved making children smile puppets
Before Durr became a police officer, he was involved with youth groups and worked as a mental health technician.
He also served as a youth minister for several churches. On his Facebook page, he wrote about his son, who he called ‘the best thing that has ever happened’ in his life.
‘He is like having a mini-me running around. We think and basically act the same,’ he said of his son.
Of his wife, Tressie, he described her as ‘the sweetest, most giving, and lovable woman that I know’ on his Facebook page.
Prior to becoming a police officer, he worked with youth groups and was a mental health technician. He is pictured above with his wife, Tressie
Of his wife, Tressie (pictured together), he described her as ‘the sweetest, most giving, and lovable woman that I know’ on his Facebook page
Governor Phil Bryant issued a statement about the shooting and wrote the above Facebook post on Sunday
Kiyah Godbolt, who identified herself on Facebook as the suspect’s niece, posted that he was ‘not the Uncle Cory everyone loved and knew.’
‘You guys, when I looked at this man, I still seen the same man who picked me up from age 1-17,’ she posted on Facebook Sunday morning.
Godbolt (pictured in a previous arrest photo) has a criminal history dating back to 2005
‘I seen a man who would always call and check on me. I see a man who was always feeding me.
‘I seen a man who always made me laugh. I seen a man who would literally pick me up and twirl me around and tickle me. I seen a provider, a protector and a love.’
Godbolt has a criminal history dating back to 2005 where he was charged with armed robbery and aggravated assault after he allegedly struck a man with a pistol and stole his wallet, cash and jewelry.
In 2013, Godbolt was charged with simple assault by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.
In 2015, he was arrested by the Mississippi Highway Patrol for driving with a suspended license, no proof of liability insurance and speeding.
He was arrested also in 2015 for breach of peace/disorderly conduct and failure to comply with request by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. However, he filed an appeal to a judgement against him in a simple assault and disorderly conduct case in 2016.
In 2016, Godbolt was arrested for contempt of Justice Court and simple assault by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.