Lexington Police Chief Martin Roby said Cacedric White refused to put down the shotgun and fired one shot, then an officer fired shots defending law enforcement at the scene. (Source: Facebook)
Site of church shooting
LEXINGTON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -
A police officer opened fire on a gunman, killing him at a Lexington church Sunday morning.
Investigators say he was carrying a shotgun.
It is a shocking turn of events that church members say involves the ousting of the church pastor.
Ada Gibson said she was standing outside Asia Missionary Baptist Church when her son Cacedric White was shot by a Lexington police officer.
She said he was talking with a Holmes County deputy when it occurred in the rear parking lot.
"I saw him get out of the car. I didn't see him with a gun. I just, next thing I saw, I heard gunshots. That's all and I looked around. I saw him falling, and when I saw him falling and ran over there I told them I said 'Y'all have shot my son,'" said the grieving mother.
Church members said the tragedy unfolded after Lexington police were called to end an altercation when Pastor A. G. Williams Jr. refused to leave.
White's father, Albert Gibson, a deacon at the church, said he called police because the congregation voted to terminate Williams, but officers did not remove the ousted pastor.
"I was in the office with the church clerk talking with him. That was, right there at the church door, and I heard some shots and I thought it was firecrackers or something. And I opened the door and when I stepped out my son was laying down there in a puddle of blood," said Albert Gibson.
According to Holmes County investigators, White sped to the church and got out of the vehicle with a shotgun.
"It was a 20 gauge shotgun and he jumped out and a deputy ordered him to drop [the gun]. [White] refused to drop it and continued trying [to walk] towards the door and come in and that's when the Lexington PD unit fired," said Holmes County Sheriff's Department Capt. Sam Chambers.
White was shot three times in the upper chest and pronounced dead at the Holmes County Hospital shortly before 1 p.m. Sunday.
Lexington Police Chief Martin Roby said White refused to put down the shotgun and fired one shot, then an officer fired shots defending law enforcement at the scene.
Roby said he is trying to keep the force focused on serving the city while the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation handles the case.
"We're asking all officers to not let this consume them. It's a small community, a small department, and what we're doing, we're just basically trying to get officers in briefing. The officer that was involved, we're trying to get him in some type of counseling," said Roby.
White's body is at the State Crime Lab awaiting autopsy.
Law enforcement say they are not aware of a criminal history in White's past.
The unidentified Lexington police officer has been placed on leave. The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation hasn't put a timetable on when the investigation will be complete.
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