MS Gaming Commission agent shot, killed during training exercise

MS Gaming Commission agent shot, killed during training exercise
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John Gorman (Photo Source: Facebook)
John Gorman (Photo Source: Facebook)

TUNICA CO., MS (WMC) - A Mississippi Gaming Commission agent was shot and killed at the office during a training exercise.

It happened in Robinsonville, Mississippi Wednesday morning.

Investigators say a gun went off sending a bullet into John Gorman's chest.

Gorman, 45, is a 20-year veteran of the agency. A day before his death, he was promoted to Director of Investigations. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.

Gaming agents enforce laws at the casinos. They make sure employees and patrons follow the rules. The agency says this is the first time any employee has been killed while on the clock in its nearly 22-year history.

Investigators are not releasing the name of the person who was holding the gun that killed Gorman, nor are they saying if that person will face any criminal charges. That investigation is ongoing.

All evidence gathered in this case will be turned over to the district attorney's office – where either the DA or grand jury will have to decide if the other agent was negligent when he fired the shot.

"I'm praying for the agent that shot and the guy that got shot because that's really unfortunate for the whole Tunica actually," said Lakeisha Ransom, who works in Tunica.

"Such a good man, professional, family man, my heart just breaks for his family and his children," Southaven Alderwoman Shirley Beshears said. Beshears worked with Gorman when gambling first came to the area. "John was a top notch professional gaming agent. We were all new to the gaming industry."

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant released the following statement on the passing of John Gorman:

“Deborah and I were sad to learn of the death of John Gorman, Mississippi Gaming Commission Director of Investigations. His loss will be felt by his loved ones and colleagues alike. Our prayers are with his family, his friends, and the Mississippi Gaming Commission during this difficult time.”

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