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Mississippi Police Officer Responding To Fatal Shooting Makes Tragic Discovery That Victim Is Her Son

Hazelhurst Police officer Laquandia Cooley said she went into a "breakdown" after finding her 20-year-old son Charles Stewart, Jr, dead in the middle of the road early Sunday morning.

By Constance Johnson
Police Tape

A Mississippi police officer made a shocking and tragic discovery while responding to a fatal shooting early Sunday morning: The victim was her 20-year-old son.

“We initially responded to the call, not knowing when I made it over there, the person was going to be my son that was laying there,“ Hazlehurst Police officer Laquandia Cooley told local station WLBT. “As we get out, I look and I was like, ‘This is my son, this is my son.’ So, I literally just go into a breakdown, you know? Like why? Who would do this to my son?”

Charles Stewart, Jr, was laying in the middle of the road with a gunshot wound to the head. He was already dead before his mother arrived on the scene. Investigators are awaiting an autopsy report to determine the official cause of death, according to WJTV.

Cooley, 42, told WBLT that her devastated family is just trying to cope and figure out why someone would want to harm their beloved family member.

His heartbroken older sister, Destinequa Stewart, posted on Facebook: “I’m lost how can anybody live after losing a sibling? I can’t do this. I’m trying to be the strong one, but I’m getting weak. I’ll never be able to see my brother again. Whoever did this is wrong. Why lord why?”

His father, Charles Stewart, told WLBT that he can’t believe this has happened. He described his son as a friendly person that got along with everyone.

“It’s traumatizing for the whole family. We’re just trying to cope day to day. Just trying to figure out why this happened and who could have done this.”

Hazlehurst Police Chief Darian Murray told WBLT that the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is heading the investigation because the case involves an officer’s family member.

Murray told WJTV that investigators have not identified any suspects.

Oxygen.com has reached out to the MBI but has yet to receive a response.

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