Man Walked 8 Miles To Assassinate Officer, Giggles In Court

Darian Atkinson assassinated Biloxi Police Officer Robert McKeithen outside the police department in May, police said.

Biloxi, MS – The gunman accused of murdering Biloxi Police Officer Robert McKeithen in an ambush attack outside the city’s police department giggled and belched during his preliminary hearing in Harrison County on Tuesday.

Darian Atkinson, 19, is facing a capital murder charge for the May 5 assassination of veteran Officer McKeithen, WDAM reported.

During the hearing, Gulfport Detective Samuel Jewell took the stand to explain how the incident unfolded as Atkinson laughed, shook his head, and smiled, according to the Sun Herald.

Det. Jewell said that the accused gunman walked eight miles from his mother’s residence to the Lopez Quave Public Safety Center that night with the sole intent of murdering a police officer.

He arrived at the station at approximately 10 p.m. with a huge smile on his face, and sat down in the lobby near two women who were each holding small children, WDAM reported.

The women wanted to file a report about a domestic violence incident, and were told that an officer would arrive at the station shortly to take their complaint, Det. Jewell explained.

The women opted to wait outside, and Atkinson followed behind them moments later, security footage showed.

Within five minutes, Officer McKeithen pulled into the parking lot in his patrol car and began speaking with the women outside the building.

At one point, the veteran officer asked Atkinson if he was somehow involved in the incident they were reporting, but the suspect shrugged him off.

“Leave me alone. I don’t have nothing to do with it,” he responded, according to Det. Jewell.

He then wandered across the parking lot and loitered near a tree.

But a short while later, he walked back towards the officer and the women, drew a .40-caliber Glock from his pocket, and opened fire on Officer McKeithen from behind, the Sun Herald reported.

Officer McKeithen, a 24-year veteran-of-the-force who planned to retire at the end of the year, never had the opportunity to react, the detective said.

Within seconds, Atkinson had discharged nine rounds, striking the officer repeatedly from just feet away, WDAM reported.

One bullet grazed his head, several struck his body, and at least three impacted his ballistic vest, according to the Sun Herald.

Officer McKeithen died of blood loss at Merit Health hospital a short while later.

The women and their children fled through the parking lot and into the police station, where they alerted other officers about what had transpired outside, WDAM reported.

The entire ambush was captured by the department’s surveillance cameras.

Meanwhile, Atkinson took off from the scene on foot and headed back to his mother’s home, ditching the murder weapon and a magazine in a drainage ditch along the way, the Sun Herald reported.

Investigators later discovered that the weapon was purchased by one of Atkinson’s brothers in March, according to WDAM.

Sometime between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. on May 6, prior to Atkinson being identified as the alleged shooter, his mother called Biloxi police to report that he was causing a disturbance at her home, the Sun Herald reported.

But when officers arrived, Atkinson’s brother, Davian Atkinson, told them that he would make sure his brother had a ride to stay elsewhere.

Atkinson had also changed clothes and was eight miles away from the scene of the attack, so investigators did not initially recognize him as being the suspect seen in the surveillance footage.

Approximately five hours later, investigators returned to the woman’s home after receiving a tip that Atkinson was the person seen in photographs disseminated by the department.

Atkinson’s mother said she had also seen the photographs, and that she believed her son was the gunman who killed Officer McKeithen.

Investigators soon discovered that Davian and another brother, 20-year-old Wanya Toquest Atkinson, were both involved in helping Atkinson in his attempt to avoid arrest.

They have been charged with accessory after the fact to capital murder, along with 18-year-old Andre Sullivan, 21-year-old Joshua Kovach, and 20-year-old Dalentez Brice, the Sun Herald reported.

According to investigators, the five co-defendants all aided Atkinson in his attempt to escape, either by giving him rides, clothes, or access to a cell phone.

At approximately 6:30 p.m. on May 6, an off-duty Biloxi police officer spotted Atkinson in Wiggins, and contacted local law enforcement, WDAM reported.

The suspect was taken into custody without further incident, but refused to provide officers with his name.

Atkinson was positively identified as the accused gunman after Wiggins police provided Biloxi investigators with his photograph.

While the suspect was waiting for Biloxi police to come pick him up from Wiggins, he told the officers that they should “respect the shooter,” according to WDAM.

The accused cop-killer laughed and smiled as he was being escorted into the BPD upon his return to Biloxi, WPMI reported.

“Oh, the police are mad at me,” the smirking suspect told reporters on his way into the building, according to the Sun Herald. “Murder.”

Biloxi police have also confirmed that Darian was suspended from Biloxi High School for three days in 2018, after he allegedly told a fellow student that he was contemplating “shooting up” the school, WMPI reported.

During his hearing on Tuesday, Atkinson belched as his attorney questioned Det. Jewell, according to the Sun Herald.

Judge Gaston Hewes Jr. determined that there was enough probable cause to send the accused gunman’s case to a grand jury, and ordered that he be held in jail until the grand jury decides whether or not to indict him, WDAM reported.

Atkinson’s co-defendants were all due to appear in court for preliminary hearings on Wednesday.

Comments (144)
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Mig Alley
Mig Alley

Stand by for the usual suspects.

Do-The-Job-Right
Do-The-Job-Right

This kid needs "Paid Adminstrative Leave"

Mig Alley
Mig Alley

And there he is. That didn't take long.

LitheSteel
LitheSteel

We need to hang this evil retard.

Tooobad
Tooobad

Put him on administrative leave and wait for the complete investigation

sgttimmy2
sgttimmy2

If they need any help carrying out Capital Punishment against this POS, I'll volunteer my time and pay for my own transportation and lodging to honor our fallen brother.

ikaika
ikaika

It had to be hard to see this POS in court and not knock his teeth down his throat.

61mouse
61mouse

LEOs please start giving these assholes a 3rd eye and a sand box . Now you guys have to watch this asshole to get under your skin. And just think what the families have to go through with him thinking it's a joke

CelticTiger
CelticTiger

He is one sick, twisted person...not a kid he is an adult that has no respect for anyone's life. Everything is a joke to him...well give him the death penalty because the joke is on him...

JBo
JBo

Wonder if he'll be giggling when he's bent over in the prison shower.

BigDiDaddy
BigDiDaddy

Why waste money on a trial ?

Mig Alley
Mig Alley

Hope he doesn't fall down a long flight of stairs. That would be terrible just terrible.

LetGodSortItOut
LetGodSortItOut

If you're a democrat, you're a CUNT! Specifically for this reason. Republicans are no bargain but most of them would have this savage beheaded if they could get away w it. Admit I'm right , you Democrat twats.

LetGodSortItOut
LetGodSortItOut

Democrat men sit down to pee.

I-am-me
I-am-me

A lifetime in prison with BIG Bubba should wipe that smile right off his face.

Cduncanf
Cduncanf

He’s got a Jack Nicholson look in his face. Bat shit crazy.

Baxter12
Baxter12

Death Penalty

Disillusioned61
Disillusioned61

We don't need a jury or a trial on this one. He shouldn't be allowed to plead not guilty, either. No one should, in the face of overwhelming evidence. This is the face of pure evil.

Gramercy
Gramercy

THIS kind of ANIMAL we do NOT need ANYWHERE in our world! Let's "smile" and consider "taking him out."

LPD133
LPD133

Human excrement.

NomonK
NomonK

Cop Hating and Disrespecting the law was empowered by the Obama Administration.

Bigyoda20
Bigyoda20

Execute them all!

VicG
VicG

Condolences to family and department. Rest in Peace Brother...

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Garbage which needs to be disposed of. Others will be smiling as the electric power switch is thrown and I wonder if you will still be smiling when that time comes. You wasted your own life boy and will not be allowed to waste another's life again. .

OldVet
OldVet

Would he laugh and smile as he was strapped to an electric chair? Let's find out.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

This was not an ambush any more than the assasinations of the Kennedy brothers or Dr. King were ambushes.

Mig Alley
Mig Alley

And garbage allday steps on the rake, POW!!!!!!

Stanracer
Stanracer

Death penalty, ASAP!

Slothman
Slothman

You can't convince me that this assholes life matters

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

This segment of people are truly lost souls ,mentally ill and simply cannot function in a civilized society. You would be wrong to think these behaviors are unique and just displayed in just this part of the country , so please look at examples posted throughout the USA and you will see /read similar. Then look worldwide as well.

gfc1963
gfc1963

Just execute the pos. See if he is laughing then.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Not guilty by reason of insanity. Sad case for all involved. It will probably take years to cure his insanity.

uncabubba
uncabubba

But he has always been a "good" boy and was an honor student blah blah blah. Use a dull needle.

Ladyfluterby
Ladyfluterby

At least his mother had the guts to admit to the police that she thought he was the one in the picture shooting the officer. That's more then a lots people would do.

simmerjet
simmerjet

That sinister look on his face tell me he is sorry for what he did.

RoxC
RoxC

he will get 3 hots and a cot.
he should get 3 hollow points and a body bag.

TransportAl
TransportAl

Go ahead Demorats spin this one into somehow it’s the Officers fault.

DieselDawg
DieselDawg

The war on police continues. The police baiting of Obama, liberal politicians, and the Corrupt Liberal Media has its consequences.

Golobki
Golobki

If Obama had a son...

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

See the differences? Ask yourself why have you not seen ANY stories /videos describing a criminal/out of control/mental Asian ? few criminal/out of control Hispanic, no Indian or Pakistani immigrant crime stories, little if any stories/videos of criminal European..........If US Caucasian population is ~66% , Black at 12.3%, Hispanic at 13% , Asian at 7%, then why are we seeing the same faces again and again and again in these articles? Why such a huge discrepancy? What are the common denominators displayed routinely by just one trouble and crime prone group?

BlueProtects
BlueProtects

Reinstate the death penalty for Cop killers. once found guilty there execution shoud be within 30 days. No sence on wasting time. All criminals convicted of crimes with a life sentence or more should also be executed within 30 days as well. They deserve nothing better then they gave there victims. They should be held in solitary confinement till there finial day so not to cause more murders if put in general population.

Sivaas_
Sivaas_

Someone dropped the ball... the f'er's not 6 ft. under.

Mig Alley
Mig Alley

Sorry little chit wouldn't walk 8 feet to work an honest job but walked 8 miles to kill someone in cold blood. 🤔

LunaMay
LunaMay

Well let’s see if you giggle like a bitch when you get the death penalty scumbag

Shastabeau
Shastabeau

Psycho @$$ looks completely evil!

BlueProtects
BlueProtects

Take that Cop killer out back and shoot him.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

They need to cell him up with the Aryan Brotherhood.

Pjdroney
Pjdroney

Fry the little bitch.

Dude586
Dude586

That's unfortunate that the officer was killed. I think this young man needs a psychological competency exam before judgement is passed. If the shoe was on the other foot, and the officer shot someone in the same manner, they would be on paid leave. There's more to this story, just my opinion.

Trai
Trai

Cops kill blacks all the time. Innocent men, women, AND even children with no remorse or consequence. Even the Angles and God killed people that were evil. Job well done he's an angel that killed a white devil. Bravo