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    Friars Point, Miss. - Five law enforcement officers were shot during a bloody 36- hour saga that ended Sunday morning with the arrest of one man in the small Mississippi Delta town of Friars Point.

    Mayor Herbert Thomas said none of the five officers was killed, and the man susupected in all five shootings- as well as in the shooting of a man on Friday- was in custody.

    Friars Point Police Chief Anthony Smith had been trying to arrest Patrick Harper in connection with that Friday night shooting when the chief was shot in the neck on Saturday, allegedly by Harper, Thomas said.

    After the police chief was shot, officers from the Coahoma County Sheriff's Department were called in and tracked Harper to a nearby home in Friars Point, a town of about 1400 people 200 miles northwest of Jackson.

    As officers tried to enter the one-story ramshackle home just after midnight Sunday, gunshots rang out, and both Friars Point officer John Martin-Harris and sheriff's deputy Victor Randle were shot, Thomas said.

    With Harris hurt and apparently taken hostage inside the home, police units from surrounding counties, the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics and the Mississippi Department of Corrections were called in.

    by Jason Strziuso of the Associated Press

    My thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery are with these Officers and their families.
    Stay Safe out there.
    Don't take life too seriously- you'll never come out of it alive.

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