Man shot and killed in standoff with Hancock County sheriff deputies


A man wanted in Baton Rouge has been shot and killed by a Hancock County sheriff’s deputy.

Around 3 p.m. today, the Sheriff’s Department was conducting a high risk arrest warrant for 29-year-old Lawrence Bottoms.

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Once units arrived, Bottoms refused to leave the home. About 15 minutes later, deputies deployed three rounds of tear gas. Following a standoff, deputies forced entry inside the front door.

While they entered the home, Bottoms jumped out of a window on the back side of the residence. He fled on foot and deputies pursued him.

Bottoms them pulled out an 8 millimeter gun and pointed it toward authorities and that’s when deputies fatally shot Bottoms.

A neighbor told News 25 Bottoms was planning on turning his life around.  Neighbor Brandi Schwartz said, “He was doing so good and to change his ways. There were a few altercations that I caught sight of through and through and he walked off. He was like ‘I am going to be a better man. I don’t wanna go through this. I don’t want to do this anymore. I don’t want to live that type of life’ I thought there was going to be a better future for him than what just happened.”

Shortly after the tear gas was released into the home, Allison Rainey surrendered.

Rainey is now in custody with charges of harboring a fugitive. A neighbor tells News 25 Rainey was Bottom’s girlfriend.

Authorities say narcotics were also being sold from the residence.

Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is taking over the investigation at this point since it was an officer-involved shooting.


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