Man arrested for shooting at deputies

From Press & Staff Reports

Authorities arrested a young man Sunday night who they say threatened and shot at two Webster County sheriff’s deputies in the Stewart community.

The incident occurred after Webster County 911 dispatched deputies to a possible kidnapping at 166 S. Mitchell Road around 9:40 p.m. Sunday. Once deputies arrived they discovered that the matter was a domestic dispute and not a kidnapping, according to a sheriff’s department news release.

Daniel Mitchell

Daniel Mitchell

While deputies were on scene, the sheriff’s office said occupant Daniel Mitchell made multiple threats of bodily harm to them, but deputies were not able to safely take him into custody without a strong possibility of a shootout occurring.

Deputies involved decided to try to cool the situation down by backing off and setting a perimeter, the news release stated. When they attempted to back down from the home, authorities say Mitchell fired a shot from a .38 Special, causing the deputies to take cover on U.S. 82.

Sheriff Tim Mitchell then called for the Mississippi Highway Patrol SWAT team for assistance. After a lengthy negotiation, Sheriff Mitchell was able to talk Daniel Mitchell into giving himself up to deputies on scene without further incident, according to the release.

Daniel Mitchell, 19, was being held in the Webster County Jail awaiting his initial appearance and bond setting as of Tuesday morning. He is being charged with two counts of aggravated assault on police officers and two counts of simple assault on police officers. The sheriff’s department identified the officers as Chief Deputy Jeff Mann and Deputy Devin Mixon.

Sheriff Mitchell thanked the Mississippi Highway Patrol for its assistance.