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Brookhaven Police need support of courts and community

The past few days have kept Brookhaven police busy. A shooting at a club Friday night left one man dead and several injured. On Monday night, police officers swapped gunfire with a teenager following a traffic stop.

Thankfully, no one was injured in Monday night’s incident in front of Brookhaven High School. The 16-year-old is being charged as an adult.

We’re not sure what leads someone to fire on officers after fleeing from a traffic stop, but the charge of aggravated assault could land the teen in jail for several years.

The man wanted in last week’s fatal shooting at the Oasis Club is still on the loose, according to police. The traffic stop that led to the shooting Monday stemmed from the club shooting. Police have been stopping what they call “suspicious” vehicles in an effort to locate the suspect from the club shooting. When they made the stop on a vehicle Monday, the teenager fled on foot before firing at police.

Police Chief Kenneth Collins has suggested that the city require private security at any party that serves alcohol in an effort to reduce violent crime. We’re not sure how well the city can actually enforce a rule like that, but it’s an idea that should be explored.

Stopping crime like the one that occurred Monday will be more difficult. Some individuals simply have no regard for life, and obviously have no fear of justice.

Collins said police are working overtime “to prevent an escalating violence” after the shooting Friday.

“We want to keep our community safe,” he said.

We have no reason to doubt that Collins will do his best to combat crime, but there is only so much any police chief or police force can do. The court system will also have to remain committed to keeping repeat offenders off the streets and the community will have to do its part as well.

If you have information about Friday night’s deadly shooting, or any crime, call law enforcement. Anyone with information is asked to call the Brookhaven Police Department at 601-833-2424, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 601-833-5251 or CrimeStoppers at 601-823-0150. Tips leading to an arrest may be eligible for a cash reward.