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One dead, officer wounded after Sunday shooting

Reported by: Tyler Hill
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Updated: 10/22/2013 9:11 am
COFFEEVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) — One person is dead, and an officer is wounded after a late night shooting Sunday.

Coffeeville Police said a man opened fire on the officer around 10:30 p.m.

"We was at my mom's house," said neighbor Kyna Logan. "All of a sudden, we heard a lot of gun shots."

That's when many residents who live on Rayburn Street said they ran out of their homes trying to figure out the commotion.

"We walked down the street to find out that there had been a police officer shot," Logan said.

Authorities said the officer was called to a home for a domestic violence case.

David Long, a resident of the home and who is wheelchair bound, was talking to the officer outside when the incident occurred.

"I never expected anything like this to go terribly wrong like it did," said Long's cousin Eugene Horton.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation said Long opened fire on the officer, striking him four times. The officer returned fire, killing Long in the process.

"He had so much to live for," Horton said. "His daughter is gonna miss him. His baby is really gonna miss him."

The officer was airlifted to a Memphis hospital where he is undergoing treatment.

Logan said she's known both parties for years, and she said she never expected this to happen.

"The town is so small," Logan said. "The community is so small, so when something happens like this, it's definitely sad."

Horton said the family wants answers.

"We're not pointing our fingers at anybody," he said. "We're not blaming anybody, but we want to know what happened so we can get everything squared away, fixed and move on with our lives."

The Coffeeville Police Department said they couldn't comment on the case because it's being handled by the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation.
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