Two volunteer fire fighters shot and killed in Mississippi, US
Two volunteer fire fighters were shot and killed protecting women and children during a domestic incident in Adams County last weekend. Jason Haley, aged 24, and Troy Whittington, aged 31, died early on Saturday morning, 2 March 2019, after a man wielding a gun burst into a home in Adams County on Friday night, according to Lieutenant Cal Green with the Adams County Sheriff's Department. Jonathan Beach, age 36, has been charged with two counts of murder for his alleged role in the incident.
On Friday evening, Haley and Whittington gathered with family and friends at a local Mardi Gras parade. The group went back to a home on US 61 North, Green said. The house belonged to Beach's estranged wife. At 22h10, deputies responded to the home for a 911 call regarding deer cameras, Sheriff Travis Patten told the Natchez Democrat. The cameras were allegedly installed by Beach for surveillance of his estranged wife, without her knowledge or permission.
When deputies arrived, they retrieved a deer camera from the property and made a report, Patten said. Beach was not home at the time. Deputies were out looking for Beach, Green said, when he returned to the home about an hour later. A second 911 call was made, Patten told the Democrat, and Beach was trying to get inside the house.
Haley and Whittington confronted Beach and told him to leave, Green said. Beach's wife and others, including children, were locked in a bedroom, Patten told the paper. Beach allegedly then entered the house and began firing. Haley and Whittington, who were also armed, were each shot to death, Patten said.
Adams County Coroner James Lee declined to say how many times Haley and Whittington were shot. Beach was wounded in the incident. No one else inside the home was hurt.
Deputies found Beach leaving the scene covered in blood, still holding his weapon, Patten said. Beach was taken into custody and transported to a hospital in Jackson.
After being released from the hospital Beach was transported back to Adams County, Patten said, and later charged with murder.
Lee said the victims' bodies were transported to the state crime lab for autopsies.
Haley was the fire chief for the Liberty Road Volunteer Fire Department and Whittington was the fire chief for the Lake Montrose Volunteer Fire Department. Patten called Whittington and Haley unsung heroes. "If it wasn’t for their actions, the situation could have been much worse and more lives could have possibly been lost," Patten said.
Source: Clarion Ledger