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