Hero Down: Statesboro Officer Ian Huggins Killed In Murder-Suicide

StatesboroPolice Officer Ian Huggins was fatally shot early Easter morning.

Statesboro, GA – Statesboro Police Department (SPD) Advanced Patrol Officer Ian Huggins died of multiple gunshot wounds on Sunday morning, after he was repeatedly shot by his wife, police said.

“It is with extreme sorrow and grief that the Statesboro Police Department must announce the sudden off-duty death of Advanced Patrol Officer Ian Huggins, in what appears to be a murder-suicide,” the SPD said in an afternoon press release.

Police responded to the Copper Beech Townhomes at approximately 2:36 a.m. Easter morning, after they received a report of possible shots fired.

They arrived to find Officer Huggins with “multiple gunshot wounds,” the department said.

“Moments after officers entered the home, Rebecca Boyett Huggins, his wife, took her own life with one gunshot to the head,” the SPD said.

Police and emergency medical personnel attempted to revive the couple before transporting them to the East Georgia Regional Medical Center, but neither survived.

The motive for the shooting was unclear, and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) is handling the case, the SPD said.

Officer Huggins and Rebecca had been married since Feb. 14.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Statesboro Police Department Advanced Patrol Officer Ian Huggins, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

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CelticTiger
CelticTiger

RIP Sir....heartbreaking

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

How horribly sad.............

Resa
Resa

So sad. REST IN PEACE MY BROTHER

HankT
HankT

WOW ! So much for newlyweds ! That party ended quickly ! TOO SAD ! I don't know why they have to post this stuff !His personal affairs should not be news !

Iloveyouuncleian
Iloveyouuncleian

Peggy, how dare you. You are sick. Are you forgetting that you were the one that made him move away from his kids? That threatened him? He divorced YOU. Don’t you dare you heartless women. How dare you say something SO HORRIBLE. About a man who lost his life. How dare you say something so vile for everyone to see. I thought the whole point of your post was to say “his personal matters should have been kept private” You literally just threw out your incorrect side of the story. That’s personal. You’re sick and I swear, you better not EVER post another bad thing about my Uncle. He was NOT a bad man and never was. He loves his whole family and his children. He tried to love you despite the fact everyone knew you were a monster. Please leave him and his name alone. This post was wonder and for HIS FAMILY. Not for you.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

Wow. I need to pop some popcorn.

A_Family_Member
A_Family_Member

Peggy Brown Meishmie you are, by far, a despicable human being. Insinuating any person should be deserving of a loss of life is a perfect example of complete disregard for his family, most importantly his children and the lives he protected as a police officer. Money, divorce, ignorance, lack of empathy all take a back seat to the fact a person, unwillingly, lost their life. Since you need a perspective view instead of realizing on your own, I’ll help you. Ian Huggins leaves behind a mother, a brother, two sisters, neices and countless people he’s touched throughout life. More importantly, he leaves behind two children, old enough and impressionable, who will grow up without a father. Think of your own children and please think twice before disparaging my uncle and all the good he brought to all of us, especially online. You are a simply a disgrace to any human.

meighmie
meighmie

I am sorry that I offended you, but try seeing it from a different perspective. You saw what he allowed you to see. You believed what he told you. So did I. That is what narcissists do. I lived it. wife no 4 lived it. If I had to guess, wife no 5 was also living it. I am sorry that the truth offends you, but it is the truth. I grow so tired of sites like this and the media holding these men and women up as if they were saints bc they put on a uniform. It is your prerogative to remember him the way you need to remember him. He hurt many people.

A_Family_Member
A_Family_Member

You, Peggy, are the definition of a narcissist. A man lost his life. Contrary to any perspective one may hold, using this time to belittle, disparage and humiliate is absolutely uncalled for. I ask that leave any negativity toward my family out of the public eye and allow us the time and consideration to grieve. Thank you.

KaseyCT
KaseyCT

Wow really, lady if you don’t like these sites then you should not be on them. You really do sound like a horrible human being and I say human being lightly. Someone who gets on a site where we pay respect to men and women who lose their lives and does what you just did to that guys family is appalling. Seems to me you should probably look in the mirror as the Narcissist in this case will be starring back at you.

KaseyCT
KaseyCT

Thank you sir for your service. May you RIP. Prayers to the family and friends both Blood and Blue.

Concerned_citizen
Concerned_citizen

Just goes to show that you have no idea what is going on behind closed doors... and what happens when the uniforms come off. Prayers for all families involved.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

I mean since we're all public with this now, 5 marriages doesn't necessarily make one think "stable." sure, Peggy may have issues (no one but y'all know one way or the other) but if any of what she said is true, they both had serious issues.

Concerned_citizen
Concerned_citizen

She has a right to be heard just as everyone does. None of us know what was going on behind closed doors and if what she is saying is true then it is very sad. I mean 5 marriages is a lot and for all of them to fail there is something off there. No one deserves to lose their life but there are more sides to this story than anyone knows.

KaseyCT
KaseyCT

Who cares how many marriages this man had. That is not a sign of anything other than he may have been picking the wrong type. If This Peggy is any indication he unfortunately must have been drawn to vindictive and unbalanced women. You were correct in that he did not deserve to lose his life. If a person is not happy in a marriage just walk away. There is no excuse for this kind of thing to happen period. Just freakin pack your crap and leave. The man lost his life. Just because some lady who is obviously still bitter posts stuff to make the man look bad and to obviously hurt the mans family does not make what she says true. She strikes me as an opportunist who threw stuff out there to make him look bad as a last dig at a man who can no longer stand up for himself. Some people marry the right person the first time and some go through several before they find the right one. Judging someone as a bad person based on how many marriages they have had is a little harsh.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

He made himself look bad. In no way is 5 marriages indicative of normal behavior.

Heezels
Heezels

Eh, maybe. But everyone has some sort of trouble or issue. But saying the guy deserves to die because he had five marriages is really far out there.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Heezels
I always know when you start your reply with 'Eh,' you're about to credit me with some bullshit I never said.

In any of my comments, did I say he deserved to die? The worst I said is 5 failed marriages shows that he definitely wasn't a societal pillar.

Concerned_citizen
Concerned_citizen

We do not know the circumstances of that night whether there was alcohol involved, a heated argument etc. but the point is officers have a lot of power and until you are in a relationship with an officer who is held on a pedestal and may feel powerless yourself you do not know what either of them were going through. Again, no one deserved to lose their life BUT people do crazy things out of fear and defense.

Concerned_citizen
Concerned_citizen

And no one other than the women involved understand. But 4 failed marriages and and the 5th one ending in a murder suicide is gonna bring up some questions about his character.

b1rd
b1rd

I just love gossip. Looks to me like there were some comments that got removed here. Starting with Peggy's. It also looks like someone might be making claims they have personal knowledge of Officer Huggins. Why don't you try to have a newspaper print it. Even if it can't be verified I'm sure someone will print it.

Hey, @Hi_estComnDenomn, you claim to be a web designer. Why don't you get on it OWSJW. You seem to enjoy this kind of stuff. You could name the page Old White Social Justice Warrior easily debunked facts.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@b1rd
For free? Never.

b1rd
b1rd

Why? You don't get paid now.

meighmie
meighmie

I am sorry for your pain. The book that you would want to consult is called the DSM V. I have spent a lot of time researching narcissism and sociopathy in the past two years. I have NO negativity toward your family at all. YOUR FAMILY attacked me for speaking my lived truth. I actually begged YOUR FAMILY to help me help him. Those calls for help were ignored. I am absolutely not belittling, disparaging or humiliating the man that I loved very very deeply. I was there when he walked across that stage at the Police Academy Graduation. Were you? A very wonderful, loving, funny yet deeply flawed man has had his life taken from him in a horrific manner. Just because he put on that uniform does not mean that he was without faults; that he did not hurt many people in his wake. I grow weary of all of the flag waving and the lies that are told when something like this happens. Your truth is what you were told. My truth is what I lived. Rebecca's truth is what she lived. I have every right to speak my truth, whether you like it or don't want to believe it.

meighmie
meighmie

Yes. As his fourth wife, I would say that I have personal knowledge. I removed the comments because they upset his naive' niece. It was not my intention to disparage his memory or his service. I was there as he worked his way through the academy at 48 years old with men and women half his age. I was there when he walked across that stage at graduation. I had never been so proud of him. II deeply loved the man since we were 15 years old. News flash family members, I am deeply shocked and grieving as well.This is not about me and I did not post on here to smear his memory or hurt anyone's feelings or to be attacked for speaking my truth. I simply ask that when we praise these men and women for their dedication and their service, that we are honest and realize that they are after all, just human. Humans are flawed. Peace be with all of you.

meighmie
meighmie

KaseyCT You are a child. It most definitely is, from a mental health standpoint "an issue". That is the point I was trying to make when the whole world chose to attack me rather than consider the possibility that a police officer might be human and flawed. Unless you have experienced emotional and psychological abuse at the hands of a mentally unhealthy person, your comments are meaningless. The thing about emotional and psychological abuse is that there are no visible wounds and the abused has nowhere to run bc the wounds are deep and often become a permanent part of the psyche. The men and women who choose this line of work are just that men and women first, public servants second.

meighmie
meighmie

NO ONE was trig to make the man look bad. The point is that they are human first. Humans are flawed. Psychological and emotional abuse is the worst kind because there are no scars, no broken bones, and hey "he's a cop so he's automatically above reproach". I do not understand our societies need to hold the men and women who choose (of their own free will) to take a JOB in which their lives may be in danger, above other people whose jobs also put them in harm's way. Like teachers, pilots, correctional workers, for instance. My point is if you are going to plaster their faces all over the news, at least be honest and tell the whole story, whether or not it is a pretty one. It's not fair to portray fallen LEOs as saints just because they put on a uniform to do their chosen job. That is my truth and I have ever right (wait...this is still America right?) to speak it.

b1rd
b1rd

@meighmie, You said
“I did not post on here to smear his memory or hurt anyone's feelings”
and you
“simply ask[ed] that when we praise these men and women for their dedication and their service, that we are honest and realize that they are after all, just human.”

That's a really bad job of not smear[ing] his memory. Sounds more like you have an ax to grind.

As “his fourth wife” and loving “the man since we were 15 years old” sounds more like you have some mental problems going on to have openly posted all of your comments. I still have to wonder the true intentions of your posts.

b1rd
b1rd

@Concerned_citizen you are absolutely right. It is an open forum. May I recommend you do the same?

Concerned_citizen
Concerned_citizen

I haven't personally attacked anyone on here :) just been sharing my thoughts! You should try the same.

Jonost37
Jonost37

I agree 100% these guys can be abusing thier families and who's going to believe the family over a cops word, very hard situition for all

SueCoop
SueCoop

It is so sad to come here and read vindictive mess. If you don't have anything nice to say about someone who can no longer negate your story, then don't say anything. There's absolutely no reason to put it out on social media for everyone to see, just a mean-spirited jab at someone who can not defend himself. It is just plain evil to hurt his family and friends to smear this man's reputation. RIP officer, and my condolences to his family and friends who feel this horrendous loss.

EixieWidow
EixieWidow

Obviously he was a pos and a possible wife beater for her to shoot him after that short length of time being married.

CloserFocus
CloserFocus

Wow. Not even married 3 mos? And multiple prior marriages? Someone should have been getting this officer the mental health care he needed. Too many go untreated. They have one of the most stressful & demanding jobs in the country. They should all have mandatory ‘talk’ sessions & evaluations every 6 mos. if found to be needing a ‘time out’, then give it to them. Along with any medication that may also help. Condolences to their families & loved ones. Tragic.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

I wonder whether better federal gun control laws would have prevented this tragedy.

JBo
JBo

@KaseyCT...Amen!

JBo
JBo

Hi_estComnDenomn...every time you post nonsense comments like the "popcorn" comment, you reveal a bit more of your morals and class.