Lt. Michael Boutte gives life in the line of duty

Yesterday, Hancock County Sheriff’s Deputy Lt. Michael Boutte was fatally shot while responding to a welfare concern on Earl C. Ladner Road in the Necaise community.

While the incident is currently under investigation by the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations, the South Mississippi community is mourning the loss of Lt. Boutte.

Hancock County Sheriff Ricky Adam said, “To say all things that make Mike a great cop would– I would be up here for days y’all.”

Hearts are shattered following the tragic death of Lt. Michael Boutte, leaving the South Mississippi community mourning the loss of a beloved Hancock County Sheriff’s Deputy. Retired Hancock County Lt. Carl Contranchis had the privilege to work beside Boutte when he first arrived in South Mississippi. “Mike was a great guy. That first impression means a lot and that first impression of Mike was unbelievable. He was such a nice guy. When we handled calls together, he was always respectful, professional, I’ve never seen anything other than that out of Mike.”

Tuesday morning, Boutte’s remains were escorted from New Orleans where the lieutenant was airlifted following the incident back home to Edmond Fahey Funeral Home in Bay St. Louis.

Boutte devoted 20 years to law enforcement and served in the United States Air Force where he served in Operation Desert Storm.

He was also a loving husband and father of two.

Boutte’s death, along with his many years in the force, had Contranchis contemplating the risk that comes with the badge in today’s climate. “You just leave home, kiss your wife bye, kiss your children bye, and just pray to God you come back home. Is it worth it? Is it worth putting your life on the line knowing that you’re a marked man every time you put that uniform on? I don’t know.”

The suspect that exchanged fire with Boutte was identified as Joseph Michael Rohrbacker who was also transported to Louisiana with injuries.

Charges are still pending; however, Sheriff Adam has an idea of what he would want them to be. “Well I hope he’s facing capital murder, along with a lot of other things.”

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