Police Arrest 6th Suspect In Ambush Of Officer, Fatally Shooting Him From Behind

Biloxi Police Officer Robert McKeithan was assassinated in the line of duty on May 5.

Gulfport, MS – Police have arrested six people in connection with the murder of Biloxi Police Officer Robert McKeithan, who was assassinated in the line of duty outside the Biloxi Police Department (BPD) headquarters.

Darian Atkinson, 19, was apprehended on May 6, after he was spotted outside a Hampton Inn in Wiggins by an off-duty Biloxi police officer, the Stone County Enterprise reported.

He has since been charged with capital murder for the death of the 24-year BPD veteran.

Five people – including two of Darian’s brothers – have been charged for aiding him after Officer McKeithan’s murder, the Associated Press reported.

Wanya Toquest Atkinson, 20, was charged with accessory after the fact on Wednesday, and is being held on $500,000 bond.

The same charge has been levied against a third brother, 21-year-old Davian Lewanika Atkinson, as well as 21-year-old Joshua Michael Kovach, 20-year-old Dalentez Latavian Brice, and 18-year-old Andre Sullivan.

Investigators said that Davian helped Darian after the killing by providing him with a cell phone and a getaway vehicle, WLOX reported.

Sullivan, Brice, and Kovach all gave Darian clothing after he killed the veteran officer, police said.

The shooting occurred just after 10 p.m. on May 5, when the on-duty, uniformed officer was approached by the gunman 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.

Security footage showed the suspect, later identified as Darian, as he walked up behind Officer McKeithan and shot him multiple times, the Associated Press reported..

He then fled the scene.

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

“It’s a very sad day for the city of Biloxi,” Biloxi Police Chief John Miller said during a press conference. “[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 at the time.

“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.

Darian laughed and smiled as he was being escorted into the BPD after his arrest, 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.

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.”

Comments (67)
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RmdGRD
RmdGRD

Waiting for fast justice and the death penalty. I volunteer to be the one top give him the needle.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

This was not an ambush.

Mig Alley
Mig Alley

what worthless trash these POS are. Twenty years from now they might put him down. I'm sure the tax payers have been keeping him up the first twenty.

Propolice
Propolice

Hope he hangs himself in his cell, with a little help

LordSeamus
LordSeamus

Death penalty case for sure. Let's hope the prosecuting attorney has the nuts to do their job in performing their duty to follow this thru properly !

Sgt Rock
Sgt Rock

BLM hero.

Gramercy
Gramercy

"Animal"...I would say the chief's description is MORE THAN APT! Hope that the judges do their diligence and don't let these 6 out again....murder for a couple and life for the rest! NO EXCUSE! NONE!!!! And such cowards to not even allow a face-to-face with the blessed officers. May his soul raise to the heights of Heaven and may his family find a hard-to-find peace in the injustice.

spd522
spd522

Usual animals.

OldVet
OldVet

Tall tree and short rope needed.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Would need to see the security footage and see Darian before deciding, beyond reasonable doubt, that he was really the shooter. Sometimes footage from security cameras isn't clear enough to convict. I wonder whether that is what all these ancillary arrests are really about.

Skidoo
Skidoo

One thing's for certain; this terrible series of events which began with the cowardly killing of Officer McKeithan by this bunch of scum is going to give Biloxi race relations a black eye.

TrueAmerican
TrueAmerican

This is what the death penalty is built for. I am usually against it bcuz I think doing life NO PAROLE EVER can be a better punishment especially at that young age, but not when it comes to LEO's. Kill em, quick, fast and in a hurry!! May you RIP Officer McKeithan thank you for your outstanding service 🙏🏼💙🇺🇸

61mouse
61mouse

All need a 3rd and a sand bed

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

There is a lot you can take from this. I pray for the family of Officer McKeithan, the BPD and the community that lost a hero. There were signs that this perp was unstable and I believe things could have been prevented if administrators had done a better job.

This disturbs me and it should disturb you as well:

"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."

Three day suspension? He should have been charged criminally!

Excellent work by his brothers in blue. Catching additional players involved in aiding and abetting this monster. I hope they go after the lot of them with everything they can, in court and put them all where they belong for a long long long time.

Stanracer
Stanracer

And the war on the police continues thanks to the lying media, the lying politicians and the lying domestic terrorist group BLM. THIS NEEDS TO STOP!!!👎

sanman899
sanman899

WTF is happening to this Country? I firmly believe this new wave of violence was built by obama and owned by the democrats. The democrats have on many occasions condoned violence and this is a result. We are at civil war people!!! How much of this will we as a society take?

Danimyl
Danimyl

Darian laughed and smiled as he was being escorted into the BPD after his arrest, WPMI reported.
Sounds like he needs to be shot while attempting to escape

WalterL48
WalterL48

I don't want these thugs killed while in prison. I want them treated like our POWs were treated in Vietnam - beaten to a pulp every day until their execution!

Buzz17
Buzz17

Such people have no right to live. At the first verbal threat against life, take 'em out somewhere & shoot them as they did to this fine officer. A civilized society can't tolerate such senseless hatred & desire to kill among its citizens.

NYXX
NYXX

Damn liberal judge will probably let him walk.

DieselDawg
DieselDawg

The usual suspects,

starrman69
starrman69

I volunteer!! Do I need to pull the trigger, flip the switch or spring the trap door? I'll gladly do it for each of of those POS!!

5225
5225

The war on cops continues thanks to obama.

edgar44
edgar44

Helicopter at 500 feet over packed sports station during anthem kneeling.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Push them out of a plane at 80,000 ft......they will then either go crazy, freeze, or suffocate during the long trip down ......but still have plenty of time to think about their ways and what to do before their life is ov.................