Local law enforcement officials are reacting to the shooting and killing of Pearl Police officer Mike Walter on Tuesday.
Meridian Police officers say no matter what the case may be, there is a danger associated with any and all calls that they respond to, especially since officers say there is no such thing as a routine stop. That is why they are forced to undergo frequent training in pressure situations. However, law enforcement officials says no matter how much caution an officer uses, sometimes there are situations one simply cannot get out of.
"We don't know who is behind that wheel when we go to stop somebody," MPD officer Mike Vick says. "No matter what the violation is, no matter how minor it is. "We go serve a warrant, we don't know what is waiting for us on the other side of the door. Everyday you get up and gear up to go to work, you're taking that chance."
"People are always saying, well I know you put your lives on the line," Meridian Police Chief Lee Shelbourn says. "But a lot of times, those are just words until something like this happens and then it brings it home. It makes us realize they are not just words, they actually do put their lives on the line everyday."
Meridian Police say the last time one of their officers was shot in the line of duty was back in December 1985 when officer Alma Walters was killed.