MARSHALL COUNTY, MS (WMC) - The Marshall County deputy injured in a shooting April 12 has been moved from Regional Medical Center to Baptist Memorial Hospital DeSoto to begin rehabilitation therapy.
Deputy Daniel Tatum was shot multiple times after a high-speed pursuit.
Officials said the suspect Randy Vaught shot Tatum on the back porch of Vaught’s mother’s home. He then walked up to Tatum and shot him point blank three more times in the chest, officials said.
Marshall County Sheriff Kenneth Dickerson said Tatum played dead while he was bleeding on the porch.
Vaught then barricaded himself inside his mother’s home for a four-hour standoff with the SWAT team.
The standoff ended when Vaught walked outside, knelt on the ground, and took his own life with a handgun.
The autopsy report has been completed and lists Vaught’s cause of death as a suicide. The results have been shared with Vaught’s family.
Dickerson says he’s known Vaught for most of his life. He was called directly by Vaught’s mother to help convince him to give up peacefully.
He said witnesses saw Vaught smoke crystal meth that day.
“In my honest opinion, had he not been under the influence of drugs or alcohol, I could have talked him out immediately,” Dickerson said.