A Mississippi man accused of shooting eight people to death confessed to the shooting spree in a dramatic video obtained by the Clarion-Ledger.
“I ain’t fit to live,” Willie Corey Godbolt told a Clarion-Ledger reporter as he was seated on the side of road in Bogue Chitto, handcuffed, with what appeared to be a wound on his arm.
Godbolt told the newspaper that he gone to a home, apparently where his wife or ex-wife was, to speak about his children. At some point the discussion became violent. and the suspect opened fire at that home before continuing the shooting spree at two other residential locations in Brookhaven.
When police responded, Godbolt allegedly shot and killed William Durr, 36, who was a Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputy.
Godbolt told the reporter he did not intend to kill the officer, and that he had expected police would shoot him dead.
“I was having a conversation with her step daddy and her mama and her, my wife, about me taking my children home. 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,” Godbolt said. “I’m sorry.”
“My intentions was to have God kill me,” the suspect continued.
“I ran out of bullets. Suicide by cop was my intention.”
Eight bodies were found between the three locations, including two juvenile males.
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant released a statement in response to the tragedy.
“Every day, the men and women who wear the badge make some measure of sacrifice to protect and serve their communities. Too often, we lose one of our finest. I thank the law enforcement agencies involved for their hard work,” Bryant said.
Photo: Lincoln County Sheriff’s Dept.