CANTON, Miss. — A Mississippi judge has denied bond for a man accused of using an automatic rifle to shoot deputies as they tried to arrest him on a kidnapping charge.
News outlets report Edgar Egbert remains jailed after appearing Wednesday before Madison County Circuit Judge John Emfinger.
Madison County Deputy Brad Sullivan was shot in the head Sept. 5 and remains hospitalized. Another deputy was shot in the arm; his name hasn’t been released.
The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation’s Troy Travis testified Wednesday that Egbert kidnapped a man he thought was involved with his wife, took him home, chained him to a bed and contacted his wife on Facebook live. The wife called deputies.
Travis testified that Egbert fired 89 rounds from a fully automatic rifle “with the intent to kill law enforcement.” Three or four magazines capable of holding up to 30 rounds each also were found in the area where he was firing in Canton, Travis said.
“He was not there for any other reason that day except to kill those sheriff’s deputies,” Travis testified.
Egbert is charged with one count of kidnapping and six counts of attempted murder of law enforcement officers.
Egbert’s attorney, Heather Aby, declined to rebut the prosecution’s case Wednesday but asked the judge to set bond by arguing Egbert had no prior felonies and wasn’t a flight risk. She requested electronic monitoring. Emfinger denied those requests.
Dozens of law enforcement officers filled the courtroom for Egbert’s hearing.