Authorities identify suspect killed by Pascagoula homeowner in invasion

Source: WLOX

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (WLOX) - The name of a man who was killed after police say he broke into a home in Pascagoula has been released.

Walter Williams, 31, has been identified as the suspect shot Tuesday, confirmed Harrison County Coroner Brian Switzer.

Williams, who is a resident of Pascagoula, allegedly broke into a home on Nathan Hale Drive Tuesday morning just before noon. Police say the homeowner, who was later identified as a longtime employee of the Jackson County Coroner’s Office, shot the intruder.

The homeowner’s name is not being released because he has not been charged with a crime.

Because the homeowner who fired the fatal shots is an employee of the coroner’s office, Jackson County Coroner Bruce Lynd, who took office on Jan. 1, said the neighboring county was immediately notified to take over the death investigation to avoid any conflict of interest.

Switzer said Williams’ body has been sent to the state crime lab in Jackson for an autopsy.

According to Lynd, the homeowner has been an employee who has assisted with transport at the coroner’s office for many years. He is in the process of being appointed as a deputy coroner, said Lynd, but has not yet completed the process.