Lt. Tony Stiles of the Jones County Sheriff's Dept. continues to recover from gunshot wounds he received during a hostage stand-off in July.
JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) -
The Pine Belt is continuing to show support for a Jones County law enforcement officer who was shot during a hostage standoff last month. At East Jones Elementary School Saturday, dozens of residents bought plate lunches and auction items at a benefit fundraiser for Lt. Tony Stiles of the Jones County Sheriff's Dept.
Stiles was shot several times July 30 during a stand-off that left two people dead and two others injured.
He remains in critical but stable condition at a Birmingham hospital.
"This is just an awesome, awesome turnout," said Jones County Sheriff Alex Hodge. "On behalf of Tina and Tony Stiles, we're just humbled and thankful for what's gone on over the past couple of weeks and what will go on into the future," Hodge said.
Petal city employees also showed their support by organizing a softball tournament to benefit Lt. Stiles. The, "Badges at Bat, Swinging for Stiles" Tournament was held Saturday at the Robert E. Russell Sports Complex.
Many different teams participated.
Funds raised will help the Stiles family with expenses including travel, lodging and food. Those funds will be deposited into an account at Community Bank.
"As the City of Petal, we just decided to come together and try to help out a brother," said Chief Leonard Fuller of the Petal Police Dept. "If you can keep the family in your prayers and continue to remember him and hopefully he'll get better," Fuller said.
Sheriff Hodge said Stiles continues to improve every day.