September 11, 2008
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Michael Guest at (601) 825-1472
Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Michael Guest announced today that Kirk Mayers received an 88-year sentence for aggravated assault on two law enforcement officers, possession of a stolen firearm and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The sentence was handed down by Circuit Court Judge Samac Richardson in Rankin County today.
Guest stated, “Kirk Mayers is a dangerous individual who at the time of the shooting was on probation for two other previous convictions. Today he received a sentence that will keep him behind bars for the rest of his life. Mayers will never walk our streets again.”
Guest added, “I will not allow criminals to shoot at our police officers without receiving the justice they deserve. I commend Judge Richardson for this sentence and I continue being proud to work with our men and women who serve and protect our community.”
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 to gain entry into the apartment. 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.
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.