by Bill Callen | Top Right News
Details surrounding the deaths of two Hattiesburg, Mississippi police officers are continuing to surface Sunday, following Saturday evening’s shooting.
According to IJReview, one of the officers asked a bystander if he was going to die, and he replied:
“Am I dying? I know I’m dying…”
The Associated Press reported that a witness heard one of the officers say these words:
Hattiesburg resident Tamika Mills was quoted by The Clarion-Ledger as saying some bystanders came upon the officers on the ground, and that one of the officers asked “… ‘Am I dying? I know I’m dying. Just hand me my walkie-talkie,’” Mills told the paper.
The Clarion-Ledger reports that Hattiesburg residents Tamika Mills and Pearnell Roberts were the two bystanders who discovered the wounded officers.
Mills told the Clarion-Ledger about what she saw:
“Never in my life have I experienced or seen anything like this except on TV, and to be in the midst of it, it’s shocking and heartbreaking.
As we were coming down Fourth Street, we noticed a bunch of lights. As we came on through, (Roberts) told me to turn around because she saw somebody laying on the ground.
So I backed up. That’s when we noticed the officer was down. We just saw that one, but in the course of me being on the phone with 9-1-1, I turned and I saw another officer across the street rolling on the ground. (Roberts) ran across the street to check on him. He wasn’t all the way alert but he asked her, ‘Am I dying? I know I’m dying. Just hand me my walkie-talkie.’”
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant, a former law enforcement officer, gave a brief statement Sunday morning after learning about the officer’s deaths:
“Deborah and I join all Mississippians this morning in mourning the death of our two police officers in Hattiesburg. This should remind us to thank all law enforcement for their unwavering service to protect and serve. May God keep them all in the hollow of his hand.”
The murders were the first on police officers in the Mississippi town since New Year’s Eve 1984.
All three suspects are currently in custody, two of which are facing capital murder charges, and another who is facing an accessory charge. They will each see a judge on Monday for their initial court appearance.
The two officers slain in the shootings were memorialized on Twitter:
— Steven W. Murray (@StevenWMurray) May 10, 2015
— Elizabeth Saab (@SaabOnFox7) May 10, 2015
Rest in peace and may God bless their families and the police community.