Miss. corrections officer, 23, shot, killed while off-duty

Officer Beatrice Williams was attending a high school gathering with former classmates when a shootout occurred


By Sarah Calams

INDIANOLA, Miss. — The Mississippi Department of Corrections is mourning the loss of one of their own.

WLBT.com reported that Officer Beatrice Williams, 23, was shot and killed March 1 while off duty. She was attending a high school gathering with former classmates when a shootout occurred around 1 a.m. One of the bullets, according to the Enterprise-Tocsin, pierced her chest. 

Officer Beatrice Williams, 23, worked at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman for two years. (Photo/MDOC)
Officer Beatrice Williams, 23, worked at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman for two years. (Photo/MDOC)

"I'm supposed to be getting ready to plan her birthday party," Williams' mother, Carolyn, told the Enterprise-Tocsin. "I'm not supposed to be planning her funeral."

Williams, who worked at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman for two years, graduated the Correctional Officer Basic Academy in October 2018.

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