Officers glad to be back after shooting

Published 12:00 am Monday, September 25, 2006

NATCHEZ &8212; Even after a suspect tried to shoot him in August, Adams County Sheriff&8217;s Office Investigator Robert Brown said he was glad to be back on the force.


and ACSO Maj. Jody Waldrop were searching for a suspect in mid-August near Oak Street when they saw a man throw aside a package that looked like drugs as their car passed, they said at the time.

Email newsletter signup

After they got out of the car to investigate, a man pulled a handgun on Brown and tried to shoot him, Brown said.

Fortunately, the gun did not fire, and the suspect drove off in his car, followed by the two investigators. They ended up shooting at the car to stop it, eventually puncturing a tire. The only injury sustained was when a bullet grazed the suspect Anthony Donnell Williams&8217; wrist.

Following standard procedures, Adams County Sheriff Ronny Brown said, the two deputies were taken off duty for a week, and an investigation was conducted by the Mississippi Highway Patrol.

The investigation found &8220;the shooting was justified,&8221; Ronny Brown, said.

In the week they were off, Robert Brown and Waldrop also went through counseling, another standard procedure, Ronny Brown said.

Robert Brown said the series of events was an experience unlike any he had ever had.

&8220;It was a learning experience, that&8217;s for sure,&8221; Brown said.

&8220;It has taught me to be more alert, as far as suspects are concerned. Never let your guard down.&8221;

&8220;I had heard a lot of people talk about it, but I had never had it happen to me,&8221; he said.

Waldrop said he was grateful everyone involved was all right.

&8220;I&8217;m doing fine,&8221; Waldrop said. &8220;I&8217;m glad that Robert Brown didn&8217;t get hurt that day. We were blessed, and God was watching over us both.&8221;

The two investigators are back on the force, and most recently, their office arrested several people involved in a string of burglaries.

&8220;Both of us are OK,&8221; Waldrop said. &8220;And we&8217;re going to continue to protect the residents of Adams County.&8221;