Update on Bay St. Louis Police Chief’s Death

There are new details in the shocking death of Bay St. Louis Police Chief Mike De Nardo. Before he shot and killed himself, De Nardo was being investigated for illegally sold city-owned fire arms.
News 25’s Gina Tomlinson has the latest on how the community is handling this tragic incident.
Flowers now occupy the same ground where Bay St. Louis Police Chief Mike De Nardo shot himself and symbols of the community’s sorrow in the loss of a law enforcement leader who may have been dealing with more than he let on. Bay St. Louis Mayor Les Fillingame said, “He had been called to New York and his mother had passed away. The distance between him and his mother was cause for some regret that he didn’t get to see her enough in his life as he wanted to.”
Authorities say De Nardo was escorted out of the Bay St. Louis Police Department and suspended without pay. De Nardo had just been notified he was being investigated for illegally selling city-owned guns. According to authorities, De Nardo put a shotgun to his chest and pulled the trigger.
The city was notified about the allegations Wednesday. Bay St. Louis Mayor Les Fillingame says with such a serious situation he had no other choice than to suspend De Nardo until the investigation was finished. “They were showing us very compelling evidence that they had accumulated from an investigation following up on a tip that they had received,” said Mayor Fillingame.
According to Hancock County deputies, De Nardo illegally sold one city-owned assault rifle with allegations pointing to other illegal sales that authorities were investigating.
Hearing news of his death, residents say they are still in shock. Bay St. Louis resident Rashad Williams said, “I’ve seen him out in person. Every time something happens in the city, we always hear from him because he’s the chief and it’s kind of crazy now that he’s gone.”
“We have taken the captain of the police force, which was the chief’s right hand man, Wes Mayley and he will be in charge of operations,” said Mayor Fillingame.
The mayor says the city will look for a police chief, but for now they are focusing on laying the body of Mike De Nardo to rest. He says he hopes people will remember De Nardo for the type of person he was and who he was to Bay St. Louis. “The police department that he has built over the past six years is second to none and that’s what he’s going to be remembered for,” said Mayor Fillingame.

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