Mississippi police officer finds son dead while responding to shooting


A Mississippi police officer responding to a fatal shooting on Sunday made a heartbreaking discovery – the victim was her own son, a report said.

“As we get out, I look and I was like, ‘This is my son, this is my son!’” the grief-stricken mother and officer, Laquandia Cooley, recalled in an interview with WBLT about the unthinkable tragedy in the city of Hazlehurst.

Cooley’s son, Charles Stewart, Jr., 20, was lying in the middle of a street with a gunshot wound to his head.

“I couldn’t even believe what I was seeing. I was seeing my own son laying there on the ground dead. It was pretty much a panic. It was just, it was too much,” said Cooley, an officer with Hazlehurst Police Department.

The victim’s father, Charles Stewart, told the outlet that his son was friendly with everyone.

“It’s traumatizing for the whole family. We’re just trying to cope day to day. Just trying to figure out why this happened and who could have done this,” the father said.

It was unclear what led up to the fatal shooting. The case has been handed over to the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, the report said.

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