Sheriff, deputy injured in Covington County stand-off, 1 in custody

Sheriff, deputy injured in Covington County stand-off, 1 in custody
injured two law enforcement officers. Justin Reilly Smith, 32, was taken in to custody shortly before 2 p.m./Photo credit: WDAM

COVINGTON COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A Covington County man is behind bars after a stand-off in Mt. Olive injured two law enforcement officers Thursday.

Justin Reilly Smith, 32, was taken into custody shortly before 2 p.m., after a roughly two hour stand-off at his home at 352 East New Hope Road.

"We went to serve a high-risk warrant for aggravated assault on Justin Smith for an incident that occurred earlier this month," Covington County Narcotics Investigator Layne McLaurin said. "When we went inside trying to serve the warrant, he grabbed a gun and barricaded himself in the bathroom."

McLaurin said they tried for over an hour to talk the suspect out or to hand over the weapon, but those efforts were unsuccessful.

"At that time, we contacted the Mississippi Highway Patrol SWAT Team to come in an assist us, but while they were enroute to the scene, we were able to take the suspect into custody," McLaurin said.

McLaurin and Sheriff Stann Smith both were cut on the arms during the apprehension of the suspect, but neither was life threatening, but did require medical attention.

"Any day we can take the suspect into custody and all go home safe that is a good day in our book, that's what we are here for and to protect the community and county," McLaurin said.

Smith is facing the one count of aggravated assault from the warrant; however, investigators said other charges are pending after the incident.