she served. She protected. And last week in Greenville, Mississippi, police detective Myiesha Stewart paid the ultimate price for being a police officer.
Stewart, 30, was shot dead in a shooting on Tuesday, which left her dead and three others injured.
Details about the shooting were sparse. WLBT-TV in Jackson, Mississippi reported that a gunman shot and injured a man and woman and also killed Stewart. The shooter was also shot. He and the man he wounded were flown to a Jackson hospital about 120 miles south of Greenville.
The woman was shot in the foot, WLBT reported.
WLBT did not report whether the gunman had been wounded by police officers.
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The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation said the suspect is in custody.
“MBI is currently evaluating this critical incident and gathering evidence. Upon completion of their investigation, the agents will report their findings to the local Attorney General’s Office,” it said.
Last night, Greenville Police Department Detective Myiesha Stewart was shot dead on duty.
I am truly saddened by the tragic loss of Detective Stewart. Please join me in prayer for her family, her friends and the entire Greenville Police Department. pic.twitter.com/XjNtLWC9b6
— Governor Tate Reeves (@tatereeves) October 12, 2022
According to Fox Digital News, Stewart was among 12 police officers shot dead on duty during the week, at least five of whom died. As of September 30 this year, under the national fraternal police order, 252 American law enforcement officers have been shot while on duty; 50 of them died.
Errick Simmon, mayor of the city of about 28,000, said a river of pain had flowed through the Washington County community over Stewart’s death, according to the city’s comments posted on Facebook.
“Today we feel the pain of a 3-year-old son who is left without a mother. We feel the pain of a mother and father who lost a daughter. We feel the pain of [a] police department that lost an officer,” he said.
“The family is suffering. Our community is suffering,” he said.
Greenville Mayor Errick D. Simmons broke down in tears while speaking about the death of Detective Myiesha Stewart, the mother of a 3-year-old son.
“Our community is suffering,” he said at a press conference on Wednesday. pic.twitter.com/o9x1so31EW
— WLBT 3 on your side (@WLBT) October 13, 2022
Speaking of the police officers who gathered with him to mourn Stewart’s death, he quoted “the brave men and women who wake up each day to protect and serve this community. When people run away from danger, these brave men and women run there.”
“Myieshia Stewart was one of those brave women. She was someone who showed heart and courage. She was someone who put her fear aside to help someone else. And in her final act she leaves a legacy of duty, honor, courage and service.”
Simmons noted that Stewart “recently left the academy and quickly rose through the ranks to become a detective. Knowing Investigator Stewart meant respecting and loving her.”
On Wednesday, the city held a prayer breakfast in her honor.
“Today we gathered for a prayer breakfast to pray for family, colleagues, other first responders and the community who have lost a loved one. Myiesha Stewart was a true definition of dedication, commitment and resilience. We all stand together to support our fallen officer’s family, the city said in a post on Facebook.
“Our hearts are heavy as we recall the great times we shared with such an amazing and remarkable young woman who gave her all to the end,” Police Commissioner Marcus Turner wrote in a statement, according to Fox News.
“Our department is a very close-knit, family-oriented department that will continue to be strong and serve our community,” he wrote.
Stewart is survived by a 3-year-old son, Jace Amar Stewart, according to a GoFundMe page asking for donations towards the child’s future.
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