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Narcotics Agent Killed, 3 Troopers Wounded in Mississippi Standoff

February 22, 2016  | 

Mississippi Narcotics Agent James Lee Tartt was killed in the Saturday gunfight. He was a 22-year law enforcement veteran. (Photo: Facebook)
Mississippi Narcotics Agent James Lee Tartt was killed in the Saturday gunfight. He was a 22-year law enforcement veteran. (Photo: Facebook)

A Mississippi state narcotics agent was killed and three highway patrol troopers were wounded over the weekend in a shootout in Tishomingo County.

The incident began with a call about a domestic dispute at the home near the town of Iuka.

When officers arrived on the scene an armed man barricaded himself in the home with a woman and child.

After a six-hour standoff, officers made entry into the house. A gunfight ensued. Narcotics agent James Lee Tartt, 44, was killed, and three other officers were wounded.

The suspected gunman Charles Lee Lambert, 45, was killed.

Trooper Trea Staples was wounded in the Saturday gunfight.
Trooper Trea Staples was wounded in the Saturday gunfight.

Wounded were troopers Trea Staples, Bubba Holifield, and Deandrea Dixon. According to statements on the Mississippi Highway Patrol Facebook page, all three officers are recovering.

Troopers Deandrea Dixon (left) and Bubba Holifield are recovering from their wounds. (Photo: Facebook)
Troopers Deandrea Dixon (left) and Bubba Holifield are recovering from their wounds. (Photo: Facebook)

Tartt was a 22-year law enforcement veteran and had been a narcotics agent since September 2000, according to an Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics statement. His funeral is scheduled for Tuesday, WDAM TV reports.


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TX Lawman @ 2/23/2016 4:44 AM

My prayers go out to the family of Officer James Lee Tartt and to Troopers Trea Staples, Bubba Holifield, and Deandrea Dixon and their families. I pray for a speedy full recovery for the troopers and peace for the family of Officer Tartt. May the Lord watch over all of you!

Jan @ 2/24/2016 3:13 PM

Such a needless tragically. We are loosing to many officers. It appears the world has gone mad. Good men like this officer is being taken away from their families. Hope the good people will not hesitate to step in and help an officer where they can. Sympathy to the officer's family, friends, and work partners. You are all such good men and women.

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