Deputies investigate apparent murder-suicide in Copiah County


COPIAH COUNTY, Miss. (WJTV) – Copiah County deputies are investigating an apparent murder-suicide. The incident happened Tuesday night at a home on Killingsworth Lane.

According to investigators, the body of 48-year-old Christopher Byther was discovered when deputies arrived at the scene. They said the suspect, 24-year-old Darren Virgil, made contact with deputies and died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

A relative said Byther was the stepfather of Virgil.

Sheriff Byron Swilley confirmed one of his deputies had to discharge his firearm, and the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation (MBI) will investigate that aspect of the scene.

At this time, deputies are still working to find out the motive for the shooting.

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