The Latest: Council hands control of police over to sheriff

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Posted: Sep 09, 2016 8:42 AM
The Latest: Council hands control of police over to sheriff

BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on the death of a Mississippi police chief (all times local):

7:35 a.m.

The city council in a Mississippi town where the police chief shot and killed himself has turned control of the police department over to the sheriff's office.

The Sun Herald (http://bit.ly/2cdwils ) reports that Bay St. Louis Councilman Doug Seal made the motion to turn over control during a Thursday evening council meeting called after the shocking shooting in the police department's parking lot.

Seal says it's a temporary situation for a period of "healing for our fellow officers and employees."

Bay St. Louis Police Chief Mike DeNardo shot himself in the chest Thursday. Officials have said the shooting appeared intentional. He was in the parking lot of the police station after having been suspended from his duties. Officials have not said why he was suspended.

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2:58 a.m.

Officials say a Mississippi police chief had been suspended just before he shot and killed himself outside the station.

Hancock County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Don Bass says Bay St. Louis Police Chief Mike DeNardo shot himself in the chest Thursday. He says the shooting appeared to be intentional.

Bass says DeNardo was standing outside a vehicle in the parking lot when he shot himself. He did not have information on who found him and reported the shooting.

Mayor Les Fillingame says DeNardo was under investigation by the sheriff's office and had just been suspended. He wouldn't give details but said he believed DeNardo would have been cleared of any wrongdoing.

The police department's website says DeNardo had worked there since 2004 and the mayor appointed him chief in 2010.