(Olive Branch, MS) Deputies trying to serve an arrest warrant in Olive Branch on a man indicted for selling prescription drugs say when they got to Byron Kelley’s house, he came out shooting.
The SWAT team fired back, and that man is now dead.
Neighbors say they woke up to an explosion and gunfire.
“I headed the explosion so I got up to see what was going on,” said a neighbor on Lancaster Drive, who wants to remain anonymous.
It was early, at about 6 a.m. Those who heard it say it was a big bang.
“A loud boom like a hand grenade, a stun grenade,” said neighbor Curtis Carpenter
The bang was followed by gunshots, which killed Kelley.
The US Attorney’s Office out of Memphis says he was wanted after being indicted by a grand jury for possessing and distributing oxycodone and hydrocodone, and Desoto County deputies were trying to pick him up.
Apparently, Kelley didn’t want to go. Authorities say he shot at the SWAT team and the deputies shot back, killing him.
“Do you think they did the right thing?” asked reporter Sabrina Hall.
“Yeah, I don’t want drugs in my neighborhood or drug dealers,” said Carpenter. “They can run them all out.”
That’s what the Drug Enforcement Administration is trying to do.
Kelley was just one of 22 people indicted Tuesday after a federal investigation into a drug distribution ring in the Mid-South. Kelley was the only suspect on the list from Olive Branch.
“It’s kind of sad,” said neighbor Cody Jones.
“They are doing their job and if a guy comes out shooting there is nothing to do except protect themselves,” said the anonymous neighbor.