Suspect in Brookhaven cop killings already wanted in area

Published 12:13 am Tuesday, October 2, 2018


NATCHEZ — The man suspected of killing two Brookhaven police officers Saturday was already wanted by Adams County authorities for failing to show up for court to face burglary charges.

Marquis Aaron Flowers, 25, is in custody in a Jackson hospital recovering from wounds sustained in the Saturday incident in Brookhaven that killed two Brookhaven police officers, said Warren Strain communications director for the Mississippi Department of Public Safety.

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Flowers, Strain said, is the only suspect in the fatal shooting and no charges had been filed in that case as of Monday afternoon.

Saturday’s shooting occurred approximately 5 a.m. Saturday, Strain said, when Brookhaven police responded to 630 N. 6th St., Brookhaven, to a report of shots being fired.

After officers arrived gunfire was exchanged and Cpl. Zach Moak, 31, and patrolman James White, 35, were killed, Strain said. Flowers was wounded, as well.

Flowers, court records show, had been indicted Jan. 8 in Sixth District Circuit Court in Adams County on one count of taking away a motor vehicle and four counts of burglary of automobiles in Natchez. The offenses allegedly occurred Feb. 23 and 24, 2017, court records indicate.

At the time of Flowers’ arrest in Natchez in February 2017, he was reportedly wearing an ankle monitor and had been released on probation in January 2015 for a vehicle burglary conviction in Lincoln County for which he was sentenced in January 2012 to serve five years with three years suspended.

On Feb. 22, 2017, Flowers was arrested in Natchez after a deputy said Flowers fled when the deputy attempted to pull him over for a traffic stop. Flowers led officers on a high-speed chase that was later called off, and the vehicle was later recovered and was found to have been registered to another individual.

Flowers later turned himself in to the sheriff’s office and was arrested on charges of taking away a motor vehicle and four counts of burglary of automobiles in four separate incidents of taking items from inside automobiles in Natchez on Feb. 23.

Judge Al Johnson set Flowers bond at $50,000 for those charges, and Flowers posted the bond and was released on May 3, court records indicate.

The Adams County Circuit Clerk’s office filed a bench warrant for Flowers’ arrest Aug. 6 after he failed to appear in court for trial.