ELLISVILLE, MS (WDAM) - The Jones County-area law enforcement community gathered Thursday night to celebrate the career of Lt. Tony Stiles, the former Jones County Sheriff's Dept. SWAT leader who is taking an early retirement after being critically wounded during a stand-off with a gunman nearly three years ago.
A dinner at the Whitehead Technology Center honored Stiles and his 16 years of service as a law officer.
In July of 2012, he was shot several times during a stand-off and spent weeks recovering in the hospital. But, because of his injuries, he's had to take a medical retirement.
"It's been the greatest honor of my life to serve in law enforcement and to serve the people of Mississippi, no matter where I was at," said Stiles, who also served with the Bay Springs and Ellisville police departments,
"He's had a lasting impact not only on my life personally, but also the Jones County Sheriff's Dept. and law enforcement as a whole," said Alex Hodge, Jones County sheriff.
During the dinner, the Jones County Sheriff's Dept. officially retired Stiles' badge number, which was Jones-12.