HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Victor Kirksey, the man accused of shooting a Hattiesburg police officer Monday morning, is now in custody after an hours-long search that ended in a shootout with police.
According to police, Kirksey was taken into custody in a wooded area at the end of Lexington Drive, not far from where the incident began. Lamar County Sheriff Danny Rigel said deputies, with the help of tracking K9s, found Kirksey in the woods after a lengthy search.
Rigel said Kirksey started shooting at deputies as they approached, and the officers and deputies returned fire. Rigel said Kirksey was hit, and officers were finally able to take him into custody.
We're told Kirksey was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
HPD officials said Kirksey shot an officer in the leg while a team of law enforcers was trying to serve a warrant at a home on Lexington Drive.
The ensuing manhunt included several law enforcement agencies, including the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The officer has since been treated and released from Forrest General Hospital.
According to HPD spokesperson Ryan Moore, Kirksey is connected to the shooting that happened on McInnis Loop Saturday, June 16.
"The shooting that took place early Saturday morning at the end of 28th Aven. and McInnis Loop, this is the suspect that is connected to that," Moore said. "He does have multiple warrants on him for aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer."
Kirksey has been charged with at least three counts of aggravated assault on a police officer.
WDAM 7 News spoke with Kirksey's grandmother, Susan Edwards, as the search was going on. Edwards pleaded for mercy for her grandson, who she says is mentally ill.
"I never knew that Victor could ever get that serious about something. He's always been a quiet child. He never ever snapped, he's just lost it. It's unbelievable. I never thought Victor would have done something like this. He's just a child," said Edwards.