LAMAR COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Victor Kirksey, the man accused of shooting a Hattiesburg police officer on June 18, was in court for his preliminary hearing before Lamar County Justice Court Judge Bill Anderson on Tuesday afternoon. Anderson denied bond for the 23-year-old after hearing arguments from prosecutors and Kirksey's attorney, .
WDAM 7 confirmed Kirksey was charged with three counts of aggravated assault on a police officer while he was still hospitalized on June 26. According to the Lamar County Jail roster, Kirksey was taken into custody at the facility on June 29.
We're told Tuesday's hearing was scheduled to happen inside the Lamar County Jail because of Kirksey's physical condition, but he was wheeled into the courtroom in a wheelchair.
Kirksey's attorney urged Anderson to grant bond, citing his defendant's weakened physical state. Prosecutors argued Kirksey remains a threat to the community.
"Your honor, my client is wheelchair bound. He couldn't run if he wanted to," Kirkey's attorney said.
He went on to say that Kirksey didn't pose a threat to the community.
"...He can't escape from anyone," said Kirksey's attorney. "...Certainly he can't get out of Lamar County. He can't run away from anyone at this time."
His family was hoping that he would receive bond, so that he could get medical treatment.
"He needs medical attention and they have him in a facility," said Patricia Kirksey, Victor's mother. "Have mercy, please have mercy."
Kirksey's family was visibly upset by the decision to deny bond and gathered outside the courthouse to pray after the hearing.
"Let me take my child home, he's chained to a wheelchair," said his mother, Patricia Kirksey. "They said it is a possibility, it will be a while before he learns how to walk."
Kirksey was arrested after an hours-long manhunt on June 18 that ended in a shootout with law enforcement officers. Lamar County Sheriff Danny Rigel said Kirksey was hit in the shootout and taken to an area hospital for treatment.
Hattiesburg police said the ordeal started earlier in the day when HPD officers and Lamar County Sheriff's deputies attempted to serve a search warrant at a home on Lexington Drive.
Officials said Kirksey was at the home and opened fire, hitting an HPD officer in the leg. Kirksey ran into a nearby wooded area after the shooting. The officer was treated at a hospital and released later that day.
Local, state, federal and even law enforcement agencies from Louisiana flooded the area in pursuit of Kirksey after the shooting. With the help of tracking dogs from Louisiana, Kirksey was found in a wooded area not far from the home on Lexington Drive where the initial shooting happened.
Kirksey was charged while in the hospital, where he made his first appearance before a judge, according to Rigel.
Rigel said the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is the lead agency in the case.
According to Hattiesburg police, this was not the first time Kirksey fired a gun at police officers. Kirksey is also accused of shooting at HPD officers that were responding to a call on McInnis Loop on June 16.
Kirksey's defense attorney says he plans to file a document with the Lamar County Circuit Clerk to confirm
if Kirksey is eligible for bond or not.