Slain police officer called a 'man of integrity'

Officer Robert McKeithen (Photo Source: WLOX-TV)

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) - 3:35 p.m.

One of Mississippi's top elected officials says a police officer killed on duty was "a man of integrity" who protected others.

Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves spoke Monday at the funeral of Biloxi Patrolman Robert McKeithen. The 57-year-old officer was shot to death May 5 outside the Biloxi police station.

Hundreds of law enforcement officers joined other mourners at First Baptist Church in Biloxi.

McKeithen's supervisor, Lt. Thomas Goldsworthy, said McKeithen was known for his smile and many nicknames, including "Old Man" and "Pop Pop." McKeithen enjoyed 3 a.m. breakfasts at Waffle House, and waitresses there personalized a coffee cup for him by writing "Robocop" on it.

Investigators have charged 19-year-old Darian Atkinson with capital murder in McKeithen's death. Atkinson's brother and three others are charged as accessories after the fact.

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11:10 a.m.

Mourners are lining up to pay their respects to a Mississippi police officer who was gunned down outside a police station.

A funeral was scheduled Monday for Biloxi patrolman Robert McKeithen, who died May 5. Mississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and Biloxi Police Chief John Miller are among those scheduled to address mourners at the First Baptist Church of Biloxi. The Air Force veteran will be buried afterward at Biloxi National Cemetery.

About 200 people lined up for the visitation Monday morning. McKeithen's body lies in an open casket, dressed in his uniform.

Investigators have charged 19-year-old Darian Atkinson with capital murder in McKeithen's death. Atkinson's brother and three others have been charged as accessories after the fact.