YALOBUSHA COUNTY, Miss. (WJTV) – Yalobusha County Sheriff Mark Fulco, 50, passed away after health complications of COVID-19 and pneumonia on Monday, August 9.

According to Greg Pollan, president of the Mississippi Sheriff’s Association, Fulco was at a Batesville hospital being treated for pneumonia. Fulco was being airlifted to a Memphis-area hospital, and he died while being transported.

Sheriff Mark Fulco (Courtesy: Mississippi Sheriff’s Assoc.)

The Yalobusha County Sheriff’s Office released the following statement on social media:

It is with great sadness that the Yalobusha County Sheriff’s Department announces the sudden passing of Sheriff Mark D. Fulco.  Sheriff Fulco passed away today around 1PM from complications of COVID-19 and pneumonia.  Sheriff Fulco was a fearless advocate of the Sheriff’s Department and the citizens that he served.  A career law enforcement officer, Sheriff Fulco made many friends and touched many lives.  Thank you to the community who has reached out to the Sheriff’s Department to express condolences and fond memories of the Sheriff.  He will be greatly missed and never forgotten.  As the family releases visitation/funeral information, we will provide updates to the public.

Yalobusha County Sheriff’s Office

Fulco is the second sheriff to pass away in less than a week in Mississippi. Hinds County Sheriff Lee Vance passed away on Wednesday, August 4, due to COVID-19.