LAMAR COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A pair of Lamar County deputies brought home first place honors and gained a few bragging rights after winning the North American Sniper Championship.
Deputies Matt Nunnally and Chris Regan won first place after taking on 27 other teams from around the country last week in Southaven.
"Definitely something that we can check off on our career, there's a lot of guys that shoot 15, 20 years in this competition and never make it in the top five or even top two, so it's definitely a big accomplishment for the two of us," Nunnally said.
The competition lasted three days and included more than 30 events where the sharpshooter's skills were put to the test in a variety of scenarios.
"You know it's not so much us coming in first, we are just glad to beat our good friends from San Diego who usually clean house up there, and that's what we're most excited about this year," Regan said.
Regan said it is all in good fun and friendly competition, but after coming in second in 2016, the duo is well pleased with their top honors this year.
"It's definitely on my bucket list, it's something I've been doing for the last 13 years, me and Chris have both shot together while in departments and when we weren't at the same departments together, and we've matched up well the last few years," Nunnally said.
Regan said, "Most of the events were team based, we had to work together as a team and we came up with a team score."
Those team scores turned out to be enough to win the overall competition and bring home top honors to Lamar County.
"They train a lot on their own time, and this is just credit to their training," Lamar County Sheriff Danny Rigel said.
Rigel described the duo as a "scout-sniper," and said they are used in most tactical operations.
"We use them for scouting with their long-range scopes and they can go undetected, for us, that's invaluable on operations," Rigel said. "The sniper competition, to win that, you have to be able to do it all, and it's reassuring that we have the best in North America working for our agency."