$35,000 Reward For This 'Animal' Who Just Assassinated A Police Officer

Biloxi Police Officer Robert McKeithan's killer has been identified at Darian Tawan Atkinson

Biloxi, MS - The suspect in the late night assassination of Biloxi Police Officer Robert McKeithan has been identified as Darian Atkinson.

The FBI is offering a $20,000 reward and the U.S. Marshals Service are offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to Atkinson's capture, according to WLOX. They are asking the public to spread the word about this killer.

The shooting occurred just after 10 p.m. on May 5 when the on-duty, uniformed officer was approached by an unidentified suspect in the parking lot of the Lopez Quave Public Safety Center on Porter Avenue, Gulfport Police Chief Leonard Papania said, according to the Clarion Ledger.

The gunman then opened fire on the officer, shooting him multiple times before he fled the scene, WLOX reported.

The officer was rushed to Merit Health where he succumbed to his wounds just before midnight.

“It’s a very sad day for the city of Biloxi,” Biloxi Police Chief John Miller said during a press conference on Monday morning. “[Officer] Robert McKeithan… was murdered last night, right here in our parking lot.”

“The animal that did this is still on the run,” Chief Miller said.

Police released surveillance photos of the suspect, and have since identified him as 19-year-old Darian Tawan Atkinson.

There is now a warrant for Atkinson's arrest on charges of capital murder.

Chief Miller said that he did not have any details about the interaction between the officer and the gunman prior to the shooter opening fire, and it is unknown whether the attack was random or targeted.

“The assailant did enter the police department at one point,” Chief Miller noted, adding that the killer “seemed a bit nonchalant” about murdering the veteran officer.

The Gulfport Police Department and the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office are leading the ongoing investigation.

Chief Papania said that Officer McKeithan’s murder was a “deliberate and violent attack” and that local, state, and federal law enforcement officers have been working "around the clock" to apprehend his killer.

Officer McKeithan, a 24-year veteran of the BPD, was an “unbelievably fine policeman,” Chief Miller said.

“Robert was always a very pleasant person. I don’t remember him ever having a scowl on his face,” he added. “He had a style of his own… he just seemed to connect with people.”

He was also one of five officers who received the Medal of Valor for saving four special needs children who otherwise “undoubtedly would have perished,” the chief explained.

“That’s the kind of guy he was,” he said. “He was very gentle [and] likeable. He treated people with respect and dignity.”

Officer McKeithan, who was also a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, planned to retire from the BPD at the end of 2019.

He leaves behind his wife, daughter, two stepsons, and a stepdaughter.

“He was a wonderful family man,” Chief Miller said. “I would ask that your prayers be with Robert and his family.”

Help spread the word on social media, and if you have any information about Atkinson's location, you can call Mississippi Coast Crime Stoppers at (877) 787-5898 or 911.

Comments (69)
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Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

🤣🤣🤣 all of a sudden the website refers to this cop killer as an animal. I wonder how many past cop killers have been called that by the website.

GregoryThomas
GregoryThomas

"it is unknown whether the attack was random or targeted" “deliberate and violent attack” Sounds like they do know this animal targeted an officer.

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

Hope he’s got that smile on his face when he gets lit the fuck up!

CaptainDL
CaptainDL

I don't think he will see the inside of a jail cell to do his 30 years in the hole. As a Sheriff in Florida once said about a suspect who killed a deputy, his death was attributed to the suspect being shot 68 times, why 68 times, 'that's all the bullets we had.'

Dthur1003
Dthur1003

Is that reward DEAD or alive ?!?

Fighting4u
Fighting4u

Punk ass in humane ANIMAL should be euthanized in public!!!

Fighting4u
Fighting4u

You are the only reason I support abortions!

DieselDawg
DieselDawg

The usual suspect.

Darkwing219
Darkwing219

Truly Disgusting. Funny thing this is the kind of guy who screams from the rooftops about the injustice and how bad cops are then when one of his and I quote community members breaks into his house and steals his stuff or car jacks him at gunpoint he starts screaming help officer help..then when you get there " oh thank you officer for being here thank you for helping me.. and then you see stuff like this and it makes you want to throw up. (true story).Woman Attacked By 6 Pit Bulls Wants Officer Who Saved Her Life To Be Fired.. this is an actual heading for a news story in Atlanta this POS gets attacked by pit bulls (black owned) On duty officer sees the situation and goes to assist and makes an assessment that he cannot safely shoot the dogs as the victim is too close and things moving too quickly so instead reacts fast and uses a different tactic and gets the dogs away from her long enough for him to get her in his patrol car to safety then gets her to the hospital saving her life and instead of being grateful and thanking the officer she files a law suit stating he should be fired because she feels he did react properly he should have shot the dogs. And completely over looks the owner of the dogs not taking proper precautions and insuring his aggressive dogs could not get out of the yard, just dismisses that all together filing suit against the Cop who saved her life. thing about it is that if he would have discharged his weapon anywhere near the victim of the dog attack then she would sue for putting her life danger by firing his gun towards her. people are ridiculous. lets pull all of the law enforcement from the streets for just one day in what are considered problem areas of the cities and see what happens then (the purge comes to mind) this is the most despicable situation yet suing the guy who saved your life because you feel he didn't save it good enough.. (ghetto lotto situation)

pbm4jc
pbm4jc

shoot on sight

bigger2
bigger2

He has been taken into custody unharmed..........his brother has been arrested as an accessory after the fact for transporting him out of town. There was no interaction between the Officer McKeithan and the suspect it was a cold blooded execution and nothing else.

Domestic goddess
Domestic goddess

Maybe think to revise your statement? I've got a master's.

Caroparks53
Caroparks53

Shared on fb n twitter. Pray he is caught n given death penalty

Danimyl
Danimyl

As Barry's war on police continues. I hope he resist when caught so he can be drilled full of holes

Vigilent
Vigilent

I hope the reward is dead or alive. Kill this piece of shit on sight.

Disillusioned61
Disillusioned61

This guy gives animals a bad name.....