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Oktibbeha County Deputies To get Counseling

Posted by R.H. Brown | August 22, 2012 / 03:38pm | Local News

Law enforcement officers are well trained in the use of deadly force.

Still, it's something they hope they never have to use.

Two Oktibbeha County deputies are dealing with that issue after the fatal shooting of a mentally ill man Monday on Cannon Road.

The life of a mentally ill person is taken after attempts by two deputies fail to stop an aggressive attacker with a knife.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation has taken over the case.

Meanwhile, Sheriff Steve Gladney is making sure his men get any help they might need. 

"I'm concerned you know with my deputies and we certainly going to offer counseling. And I'm going to encourage that," said Steve Gladney, Oktibbeha County Sheriff.

"There are a lot of emotions that occur after any kind of crisis. You know there is anger, frustration, sadness, fear, irritability. Sometimes people stop sleeping have loss of appetite. Just a lot of things occur," said Lina Beall, Community Counseling Services Administrator.

A local newspaper has identified the two Oktibbeha County deputies involved in the shooting.

Deputy David Lewis was stabbed by 32 year old Damion Street, and deputy Shannon Williams fired his weapon.

"They went through an experience that no one likes to go through. And I want to make sure that we provide them with the best care and the best services. We can do that and Oktibbeha County Sheriff Department is going to do that," said Gladney.

Often professionals are brought in and onsite sessions are held.

There is also training on how best to act in a crisis situation, like the one the deputies encountered, late Monday afternoon on Cannon Road.

"Its a 12 hour training. We work with sheriff offices, police departments, fire stations. Actually we provided one here in Lowndes County last year and offered free training for about 50 individuals during mental health awareness month last year," said Beall.

And so in this recent shooting in one of our many communities, counseling is needed for both the victim's family and those entrusted to keep us safe.

The two Oktibbeha County deputies are on paid administrative leave while the case is being investigated.

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