Benoit police chief arrested for assault

Published 9:36 pm Wednesday, August 30, 2017

JACKSON (AP) — A Mississippi police chief has been arrested on a charge of aggravated assault.

Attorney General Jim Hood’s office, in a news release, said 55-year-old Billie Earl Williams surrendered to authorities Tuesday. He was later released on his own recognizance.

Hood’s office says a Bolivar County Grand Jury indicted Williams for shooting a suspect while acting as Benoit Police chief Jan. 2.

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The indictment says Williams attempted to or did cause harm to the suspect, “manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life” by firing a pistol and striking the suspect in the back of his right leg.

This case was investigated by the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations, which declined further comment. A telephone call to Benoit City Hall went unanswered.