Hancock County Sheriff’s Deputy shot and killed
South Mississippi is in mourning tonight after hearing the tragic loss of a Hancock County deputy who was shot and killed while responding to a call on Caesar Necaise Road this afternoon.
Lt. Michael Boutte responded to a disturbance call and once he arrived on scene he was shot by the suspect.
Another deputy then arrived on scene when the suspect started shooting at him. The deputy fired back, striking the suspect. Both Lt. Boutte and the suspect were air lifted to a hospital.
Sheriff Ricky Adam says Lt. Boutte later succumbed to his injuries.
Lt. Boutte was an eight year law enforcement veteran and veteran of the United States Air Force where he served in Operation Desert Storm.
Boutte was also very involved with and respected by the Hancock County communities. In 2018, the Waveland Community Unity Organization presented Boutte with the ‘Officer of the Year’ award. Waveland Community Unity Organization Chairman Clarence Hall said, “He gave everyone respect. He wasn’t the type of guy that believed you’ve gotta give me respect in order for me to give you respect. He believed in respecting everyone. No matter who you were. He gave respect. He represented the officer of the year by all criteria. He was a dedicated officer as well as an honorable officer. He was the man that if you were to need an officer, that’s the one you wanted.”
Boutte was very active in the Diamondhead community where he helped spearhead the National Crime Night Out and initiating the silver alert database. Diamondhead Mayor Nancy Depreo said, “Our hearts are very heavy tonight with the tragic loss of Lieutenant Michael Boutte. He was a beacon of light in our community and we all loved him very much. Every day he worked with a level of professionalism, dedication, and kindness that only few can achieve – and for that we are so grateful. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, Sheriff Ricky Adam, and all law enforcement officers that worked beside him in the line of duty. Tonight, as we mourn his loss, I would like to call on all cities and counties in Mississippi to lower their flags to half-mast through Sunday in his honor. Thank you to every man and woman in blue that put their lives on the line to keep us safe. May God Bless you all and May God welcome home Lieutenant Michael Boutte.”
Sheriff Rickey Adam said in a statement: “The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office suffered a huge loss today. Mike was an incredible deputy and more so a fine person. He was a mentor to our younger deputies and I know he will be greatly missed by his peers. You never saw him without a smile or a positive attitude. I can’t begin to describe the heart break we are all experiencing right now. My thoughts, prayers and heart go out to his family and loved ones.”
The Mississippi Bureau of Investigations along with their crime scene unit responded to the scene and will be working this investigation.