Police standoff leads to deadly fire in Vicksburg

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VICKSBURG, Miss. (WJTV) – Some neighbors on 2nd North Street in Vicksburg woke up to a police standoff. The incident led to a house fire that killed one man.

“I love him to death. I really do. Because if I was there, he wouldn’t have killed himself,” said Ed Watts, who was the brother of the shooter.”

Vicksburg Police first responded to a noise complaint at the home. They were called back and discovered that Ed had been shot in the foot. His brother, Jeffery Watts, was barricaded inside.

“These officers went to the back of the residence and kicked in the door to try and save Mr. Jeffery Watts. These officers heard three gun shots. The officers backed out of the residence and took cover,” explained Vicksburg Police Chief Milton Moore.

A fire soon started at the home. When firefighters managed to put out the flames, they found Jeffrey’s body inside. Police believe he shot himself. His brother said Jeffery had been suicidal since losing his job.

“He loved driving trucks. And when his back got messed up, they had to operate and he couldn’t drive. He said I’m thinking about killing myself. I’m the one who kept him alive this long,” stated Ed. 

During the investigation, officers found both men were intoxicated when the shooting and fire happened.

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