Jones officers, firefighters react to Dallas police shootings

Jones officers, firefighters react to Dallas police shootings

JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Vigils and memorials were held in Dallas Saturday as that community tried to recover from the deadliest day for law enforcement since the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Thursday night, five law officers were shot and killed during a march protesting the recent police shootings of two African-American men in Louisiana and Minnesota.

The Dallas gunman, Micah Johnson, was later killed by a robot-delivered bomb during a standoff with officers.

During negotiations, Johnson said he wanted to kill whites, "especially white officers."

Police continue their investigation into exactly how that ambush happened.

Meanwhile, some Jones County law officers and firefighters are reacting to the shootings.

They said they are saddened by the killings and hope the country can come together.

"As soon as we heard that the other night about Dallas, we hit our knees," said Maj. Jamie Tedford of the Jones County Sheriff's Department.

"These guys here at the Sheriff's Department, they're forming prayer vigils privately."

"It's tragic, it's tragic that this world has come to where it is now," said Joey Davis, chief of the Powers Volunteer Fire Department. "If we would do as much good as everybody is doing harm, this world would be a better place."

"We've just got to come together as a nation and reunite and join together to stop this foolishness, this merciless taking of lives, it's just incredible," said Dan McKenna, Jones County fire coordinator.

Police officials said officers have also been targeted in Georgia, Missouri and Tennessee in the last couple of days.