Police arrest man accused of killing Biloxi police officer

BILOXI, Miss. (WLOX) - 19-year-old Darian Atkinson has been taken into custody, according to police.

Atkinson is the man accused of killing a Biloxi police officer. Police say he will be charged with capital murder.

Officials say Atkinson was arrested in Wiggins, MS.

Before Atkinson’s arrest, Biloxi Police Chief John Miller, Harrison County Sheriff Troy Peterson and Gulfport Police Chief Leonard Papania all stood at the front of a room at the Lopez Quave Public Safety Center on Porter Avenue just before 6 p.m. to give the latest updates in a news conference on the investigation into the shooting death of Officer McKeithen.

Sheriff Peterson urged for people to come forward with information about Atkinson’s whereabouts.

“We don’t know his actions. We don’t know what he’s going to do. That’s why we’ve been asking from the very beginning for the public to give him up,” said Sheriff Peterson. “If you’re hiding him, as a family member of friend, you’re going to be charged.

Officers are certain Atkinson will be captured.

I have no doubt that we will take him into custody,” said Chief Papania. “We want it. Our community wants it, and I hope he wants it.”

Chief Papania wanted to make sure the public was aware that anyone helping Atkinson will also be charged.

“If there’s somebody or a group that is causing us not to do it (locate Atkinson). They will answer for their sins,” he reiterated.

All three men honed in on their gratitude of the community’s efforts.