Senior Investigator Michael Walters Pearl Police Department, Mississippi End of Watch: Tuesday, May 1, 2012

198451_198191416868832_100000339241838_607427_4611320_nPearl Police Department, Mississippi

Senior Investigator Michael Walters

Pearl Police Department, Mississippi
End of Watch: Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Biographical Info

Tour of Duty: Not available
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: May 1, 2012
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: Shot and killed

Agency Contact Information

Police Chief Ben Schuler
Pearl Police Department
2422 Old Brandon Road
Pearl, MS 39208
Phone: (601) 932-3569

Senior Investigator Mike Walters was shot and killed as he and other detectives attempted to serve warrants on a man in an apartment complex on Colony Park Drive at approximately 11:15 am.
The man was wanted for sexual battery of a minor and possession of child pornography. After entering the apartment the detectives located the man hiding in a bathtub. As the man resisted arrest the officers attempted to use a taser on him. He opened fire on the officers, striking Investigator Walters in the face and wounding two other officers. One of the wounded officers was able to return fire and killed the subject.
All three officers were transported to University of Mississippi Medical Center, where Investigator Walters succumbed to his wound approximately 40 minutes later.


A Pearl police officer was shot and killed today at the Colony Park Apartments in Pearl. Another officer was also shot and a 3rd injured. The suspect was also shot and killed.
Rankin County District Attorney Michael Guest identified the slain officer as Mike Walters. He was shot in the head.
University of Mississippi Medical Center spokesman Jack Mazurak said the slain officer died at 11:56 a.m.
Mazurak said the two other officers were in good condition. Their identities have not been released.
According to officials, just after 11 a.m. several officers attempted to serve a search warrant and an arrest warrant on 30-year-old Carnell Gaines Jr., who lived in Building 24 at the apartment complex.
When no one answered the door, police got the apartment manager to open the unit. While searching, officers discovered Gaines hiding in the bathtub of a rear bedroom and bath.
Officers reported that Gaines was uncooperative and was about to be tased when Gaines drew a weapon and began firing. The officers returned fire.

Two officers were shot and another injured during the shootout. Gaines was shot and killed. One of the shot officers later died at University Medical Center in Jackson. The two other officers are listed in good and fair condition.
A neighbor told Fox 40 News that Gaines lived in the apartment with his girlfriend who was pregnant.
According to police, the arrest warrant was for sexual battery and the search warrant was for child pornography. Gaines also has a drug conviction from 2002.


10 Responses to “Senior Investigator Michael Walters Pearl Police Department, Mississippi End of Watch: Tuesday, May 1, 2012”

  1. 1 Sherry Dority May 1, 2012 at 15:38

    My heart goes out to the family of Mr. Walters. May God bless him for his devotion in protecting the public.

  2. 2 jimmy james May 1, 2012 at 16:29

    Sad situation when its so close to home may god be with him and his family.

  3. 3 Kim May 1, 2012 at 16:37

    May God bless Investigator Walters and his family. And continue to bless all our police officers who put themselves in harm’s way every time they put on that uniform – a chosen profession – protecting us and our families.

  4. 4 L. Key May 1, 2012 at 17:10

    My heart goes out to the family of Investigator Walters. Thank you Sir for putting your life in harms way to protect the public from scumbags like Gaines. You will have a special place in heaven and may God wrap His loving arms around your family during this time of grief.

  5. 5 Ellen Gray May 1, 2012 at 20:27

    Revelation 21:4

  6. 6 George Kozlow May 1, 2012 at 20:43

    so sorry,..the death of a Police Officer is ALWAYS a tragedy,..but what I can`t understand is how the suspect got the “drop” on the Officers,..??…a long time ago, I was on M. P. duty in Korea,..U. S. M. C. …we were instructed to ALWAYS approach a suspicious pedestrian/vehicle,..!!..with our weapons in hand AND cocked,..!!..(you can`t tell a South Korean citizen from a North Korean terrorist,..!!..)…I asked the same question here in Florida when Sheriff Deputy Pell was gunned down by the creep and his girlfriend that were stealing articles from a Motel to sell for drug money,..??..I was told that “complacency” plays a big part of an Officers daily life,..??..!! sad,..!! I HATE to see the BAD guys win,…!!!..

  7. 7 Kathy May 2, 2012 at 09:56

    So sad for Officer Walters’ family!!
    I’m glad the monster that shot Officer Walters was shot and killed!

  8. 8 Daniel Roberts May 2, 2012 at 14:14

    May the family be able to find peace as Det. Mike Walter finds peace in the arms of our Lord Jesus Christ .
    Lt. Daniel A. Roberts
    Intelligence Consulting Group

  9. 9 Rob May 3, 2012 at 00:17

    From one of Mike’s lifelong friends:

    Friends, it is with a heavy heart that I am inform you that Mike Walter died in the line of duty yesterday in Mississippi. Mike was an amazing Dad, husband, friend, athlete, jeopardy player and much more. I just spoke with his wife and he was serving a search warrant when he passed. As she said, knowing Mike he had to be the first one through the door and get inside the house. Doing so he was firs…t in the confrontation. Mike’s wife said he saved two other officers life by being the lead.

    Mike and I played little league together for eight years, then at Rancho Bernardo and also at Palomar. He was tough, gritty, fun, funny and most of all loving to his family and friends.

    Please keep his 11 year old daughter and wife in your thoughts and prayers.

    Life can be short, so don’t let a day go by without hugging the ones you love.

    R.I.P. Buddy

    Your were the man Mike!

    • 10 Dave May 6, 2012 at 13:26

      I grew up in Pearl and am now a sergeant with the Orange County, CA Sheriff’s Department. My condolences for the loss of your friend. From reading about him, it seems he was a very respected husband, father, friend and officer. The memory of this brave and honorable man will live forever. Stay strong…..

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