Coffeeville Police Officer Shot During Domestic Violence Call

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(Coffeeville, MS) A Coffeeville, Mississippi police officer is continuing his recovery at the MED.

Officer Kurt Savage was shot four times answering a domestic violence call Sunday night in the Yalobusha County town of Coffeeville.

Even though Officer Savage was wounded, we're told he returned fire, hitting and killing David Long.

People who know David Long said the man and his wife had a stormy history and are sad it came to this.

Eugene Horton is David Long's cousin.

"They saying he fired first. I don't know cause I wasn't here. But apparently he fired on the officer and the officer returned fire," said Horton.

Horton said his cousin and wife had been in fights before. But unlike the past, this time the argument escalated.

"She went and got the police and they came back. And one thing led to another and the altercation just continued. And the next thing we knew there was gunfire, " said Horton.

David Long lost both his legs in a warehouse accident several years ago, but Eugene Horton said his cousin got around as best he could. And Long enjoyed spending time with the couple's daughter.

According to investigators, Long was sitting in his wheelchair in the front yard of his Rayburn Street house when officer Kurt Savage and Long's wife came out of the house.

John Champion, District Attorney for the 17th Circuit Court District, said that's when Long allegedly shot officer Savage four times.

"As officer Savage was being shot, he was able to retrieve his revolver and return fire, killing the subject that was firing at him," said DA John Champion.

Champion is investigating to determine whether the shooting was justified. And is waiting for the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation to wrap up its part of the case.

Monday, people in the Coffeevlle neighborhood where the shootings happened, gathered to talk about what they heard Sunday night.

Kyna Logan was at her mom's house nearby.

"We were having a birthday party for my grand baby and my sister. And we were sitting and playing cards and I heard gunshots...we heard several gunshots, " said Logan.

She said she's sad about what happened to David Long, who seemed to be a pretty nice guy.

But she's even more upset a good police officer like Kurt Savage was seriously wounded.

"He is a terrific guy. He passes through the neighborhood, he speaks to everybody, he stops, he laughs and talks with you. So, he's a good officer," said Kyna Logan.

Officer Kurt Savage has been on the Coffeeville Police Department for 10-years.

He continues his recovery in the Intensive Care Unit at The MED.

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