Wednesday 26 July 2017

Eight killed in rampage over fight with ex-wife

Willie Corey Godbolt. Photo: Mississippi Department of Public Safety/Handout via REUTERS
Willie Corey Godbolt. Photo: Mississippi Department of Public Safety/Handout via REUTERS

Kevin McGill

A man who got into an argument with his estranged wife over their children went on a shooting rampage in rural Mississippi that left eight people dead, including two boys.

"I ain't fit to live, not after what I done," said a handcuffed Willie Corey Godbolt (35).

Godbolt said he did not intend for police to capture him alive. "My intentions was to have God kill me. I ran out of bullets," he said. "Suicide by cop was my intention."

The gunfire erupted at a home in Bogue Chitto after a policeman arrived in response to a domestic disturbance call, and spread to two houses in nearby Brookhaven, about 110km south of Jackson.

The dead included two boys. Godbolt was hospitalised with a gunshot wound, though it wasn't clear who shot him.

Mississippi Bureau of Investigation spokesman Warren Strain said it was too soon to say what the motive was.

Godbolt himself shed some light on what happened, by giving an interview to a local newspaper as he sat with his hands cuffed behind his back on the side of a road.

Godbolt said he was talking with his wife and in-laws when somebody called authorities.

"I was having a conversation with her stepdaddy and her mama and her, my wife, about me taking my children home," he said. "Somebody called the officer, people that didn't even live at the house. That's what they do. They intervene.

"They cost him his life," he said, apparently referring to the policeman. "I'm sorry."

The stepfather-in-law, Vincent Mitchell, said Godbolt's wife and their two children had been staying at his Bogue Chitto home for about three weeks after she left her husband.

After the sheriff's deputy arrived at the house, Godbolt looked as if he was about to leave, then reached into his back pocket, pulled a gun and opened fire, Mr Mitchell said.

Mitchell said he escaped along with Godbolt's wife. But he said three family members were killed in his home: his wife, her sister and one of the wife's daughters.

"I'm devastated. It don't seem like it's real," Mr Mitchell said.

The slain deputy was identified as William Durr (36).

After fleeing his in-laws' house, Godbolt killed four more people at two other homes.

Irish Independent

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