Jones County Sheriff releases statement on death of deputy

Jones County Sheriff releases statement on death of deputy
Deputy Brent Beasley
Deputy Brent Beasley

JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Jones County Sheriff Alex Hodge held a press conference Wednesday to discuss the death of a Jones County Deputy.

The Jones County Sheriff's Department is mourning the loss of Deputy Brent Beasley.

Sheriff Hodge said the autopsy report ruled the manner of death to be natural causes.

"Nobody understands the law enforcement family, not unless you're in it. We laugh together we play together, we bleed together, and we cry together. And its ok to mourn," said Hodge in his press conference.

Deputy Beasely was well liked by all who worked with him, according to Hodge.

Beasley had been with the department since 2012 as a deputy sheriff. He was a 10-year veteran in law enforcement.

Beasley was scheduled to work the night shift. When he didn't come into work, the Sergeant tried to contact him but received no answer.

Members from the department went to his house where Beasley was found lying in his bed with no signs of obvious trauma, according to Hodge.

He was sent to South Central Medical Center where he was pronounced dead in the medical room.

Beasley was born Dec. 4, 1975, from Amite County. Beasley began law enforcement career in 2006 and worked for agencies in Ellisville and Liberty, according to a news release from the Jones County Sheriff's Department. In 2014, he was honored by the sheriff's department as "Deputy of the Year."

"Deputy Beasley was always available and ready to represent this sheriff's department," Hodge said in the news release. "His work ethic as well as his mild-mannered ability to relate to the public made him a valuable asset to our team...our family."

According to JCSD, funeral arrangements are not finalized at this time, but this information will be available soon.