Girl recognized for her bravery, heroism during 2018 hostage situation in Itawamba County

During the 32 hours, she used her cellphone to keep in contact with officers, telling them as much information as she could about the situation inside the house.

Posted: Jan 27, 2020 6:30 PM

FULTON, Miss. (WTVA) - The Itawamba County Sheriff’s Office recognized a girl for the bravery she showed during a hostage situation in December 2018.

Law enforcement said Nathan Shepard held Mikylah Blackburn hostage for 32 hours after killing her father, Paul Blackburn.


Law enforcement officer at hostage standoff in northeast Itawamba County (Evan Hensley)

The hostage situation happened inside a home on Alice Hall Road.

During the 32 hours, she used her cellphone to keep in contact with officers, telling them as much information as she could about the situation inside the house.

At one point, she told officers to not come into the home because Shepard had a gun. Itawamba County Sheriff Chris Dickinson said she saved the lives of two deputies.

Shepard was later killed, ending the situation.

For her bravery, law enforcement presented Blackburn with a certificate and a police badge.

WTVA reporter Amanda Haley covered Monday's ceremony. Watch her story in the video player above.

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