HANCOCK COUNTY, Miss. – A Hancock County Sheriff’s Department Deputy was shot and killed today while responding to a call for service.

Lieutenant Michael Boutte was responding to a disturbance call at a residence on Caesar Necaise Road when he was shot by a suspect at the property while getting out of his car.

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A backup deputy arrived and shot the suspect who fired on Boutte.

Both Boutte and the suspect were airlifted to a hospital in New Orleans. Lieutenant Boutte died at the hospital. The unidentified suspect is in unknown condition.

Lt. Boutte was an 8-year law enforcement veteran and served in both the Air Force and Marine Corp Reserves.

“The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office suffered a huge loss today,” Adam wrote in a statement announcing Boutte’s death. “Mike was an incredible deputy and more so a fine person. He was a mentor to our younger deputies, and I know he will be greatly missed by his peers. You never saw him without a smile or a positive attitude. I can’t begin to describe the heartbreak we are all experiencing right now. My thoughts, prayers and heart go out to his family and loved ones.”

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This is an ongoing investigation. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Lt. Boutte’s family, department, and community.

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