Biloxi Police to honor fallen Mandeville police officer

Hearts are heavy yet again in the law enforcement community after the shooting death of Mandeville Police Captain Vincent ‘Vinny’ Liberto Jr.

Law enforcement throughout the Coast are banding together to show support during this tough time.

Biloxi Honor Guard Team Leader Bryan Wallace said, “Whenever you have a tragedy of any sort with the police department, whether it’s an officer killed in line of duty or a motor vehicle accident, whatever, it’s a big impact on a police department.”

Friday, September 20th a shootout involving two Mandeville police officers resulted in the death of their own captain, Vincent ‘Vinny’ Liberto Jr. Hancock County Sheriff’s Deputy James Alphonso says naturally it takes no time for Gulf Coast law enforcement to start showing love and support. “I did not know the officer personally, but it’s a brotherhood all across that thin blue line. The ribbon symbolizes the thin blue line. We lost someone close to us, a dear family member.”

During the tragic loss of Biloxi Officer Robert McKeithen, the Mandeville Police Department was on the frontlines doing whatever needed to be done to help. Wallace says the support from his department will be no different. “The Biloxi Police Department Honor Guard will go over there and assist the honor guard for the Mandeville Police Department in any way, shape, possible, whether it’s casket watch, whether it’s standing outside honoring him when he’s taken out, whatever they need, we’re there for them.”

A show of support that knows no boundaries, Wallace says when one police department hurts they all hurt. “All police departments are a big family and we try and take care of each other.”

Services for Captain Liberto begin Friday morning at 9. He leaves behind a wife and seven children.

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