Mississippi police chief kills self moments after getting suspended

New York Daily News – by Chris Sommerfeldt

A Mississippi police chief killed himself moments after he was suspended without pay, leaving fellow officers stunned and wondering why.

Police Chief Mike DeNardo fatally shot himself in the chest after walking out of the Bay St. Louis police station around 3 p.m. Thursday. He was rushed to an area hospital but could not be saved.  

MANDATORY CREDIT; MISSISSIPPI PRESS OUT; LOCAL TV STATIONS OUT; WLOX OUT, LOCAL WEBSITES OUT; GULFLIVE.COM OUT. AN OCT. 20, 2015 PHOTOShocked colleagues said the shooting appeared intentional.

“It’s just a bad day — a bad day for law enforcement,” Hancock County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Don Bass said.

DeNardo was under investigation by the sheriff’s department for an ongoing personnel issue and had just been stripped off some of his police equipment when he unexpectedly took his own life.

But the 12-year department veteran would most likely have been cleared of any wrongdoing, the mayor of the touristy Mississippi Gulf Coast town said.

“He was just a tremendous public servant, and he’s going to be greatly missed,” Mayor Les Fillingame said, refusing to go into specifics about DeNardo’s suspension.

The Bay St. Louis Council unanimously voted to turn control of the police department over to the Hancock Sheriff’s Department Thursday evening.

Capt. Wes Mayley was appointed to serve as interim police chief.

Fillingame said the sheriff’s office stepped in to give DeNardo’s deputies time to process the unexpected suicide of their superior.

Refusing to go into specifics, Assistant District Attorney Crosby Parker toldWLOX-TV some credible evidence about DeNardo had surfaced, prompting an investigation.

“At this point, it would be inappropriate to talk about it,” Parker said. “Our condolences go out to his family for the loss.”

With News Wire Services.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/mississippi-police-chief-kills-moments-suspended-article-1.2784037

2 thoughts on “Mississippi police chief kills self moments after getting suspended

  1. See? Not everything the pigs do is bad. 🙂

    *** “It’s just a bad day — a bad day for law enforcement,” Hancock County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Don Bass said. ***

    A bad day for the pigs is generally a good day for freedom-loving people everywhere.

  2. “He was rushed to an area hospital but could not be saved.”

    Thank you!

    “But the 12-year department veteran would most likely have been cleared of any wrongdoing,…”

    But NOT devoid of it.

    GOOD RIDDANCE, SCUMBAG! I HOPE YOU’VE STARTED A TREND!!!

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