August 29, 2008
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Michael Guest at (601) 825-1472
Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Michael Guest announced that Kirk Mayers was found guilty yesterday of aggravated assault on two law enforcement officers, possession of a stolen firearm and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
On May 5, 2006, the two officers, who were part of the Pearl SWAT Team, were executing a search warrant on a Rankin County apartment complex after they learned that stolen guns and drugs were in the apartment.
After knocking on the door and announcing themselves numerous times, the SWAT Team was forced to break through the door. Once the door was forced open several shots were fired by Mayers, hitting two Pearl Police Officers with a .22 caliber semi-automatic pistol. One officer was hit in the leg and the other in the hand. The officers were taken to The University of Mississippi Medical Center Trauma Center and were treated.
Mayers was arrested and told an officer transporting him to the police department that he shot the police officers. Law enforcement officials later learned that the firearm used had been stolen in a house burglary.
The jury for this case was empanelled Tuesday. During the three day trial, the District Attorney’s Office called 18 witnesses to testify, which led to the conviction of Mayers.
District Attorney Michael Guest stated, “The shooting of police officers cuts into the very heart and soul of our community. Police officers have answered one of the highest and most dangerous callings; protecting us and our families.”
Guest added, “Mayers is a habitual offender who has now been convicted of a crime that will not allow him to walk our streets for decades to come.” Guest concluded, “There is not a day that goes by that I am not grateful for the outstanding work our law enforcement officers do for our community. We should all be very proud of the outstanding work they do keeping us safe.”
Prior to this case, Mayers was convicted of house burglary in 2000 and auto burglary in 2000. Mayers was on probation for these offenses at the time of the shooting.