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Chief of Police Billy Wilson Yant | Verona Police Department, Mississippi Verona Police Department, Mississippi

Chief of Police

Billy Wilson Yant

Verona Police Department, Mississippi

End of Watch: Friday, January 6, 1989

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 50

Tour: Not available

Badge # V-1

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 1/6/1989

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Suspect: Committed suicide

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Chief Yant was shot and killed during a traffic stop to serve a warrant for threatening phone calls. The couple he stopped were suspected to be armed and dangerous, but he elected to stop them by himself. Before the chief could get out of the patrol car, the driver began shooting. He was able to get out of the car and get a shot or two off before falling to the pavement. The suspect then stood over him with an automatic rifle and shot him a total of 13 times. Both suspects were apprehended, the male committed suicide in jail and the female was deported.

Chief Yant was survived by his wife, children and twin sister.

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I'll never forget the night the call came in telling us of the shooting. My mother is Billy Yant's twin sister. A lot of lives changed at that moment. He left behind a wife and children that will never understand, as well as "his other half" - my mother - that feels like a part of her is missing. May God bless the Verona, MS Police Dept. that kept my family informed of the events afterwards, and even sent newspaper clippings. They lost a brother as well. Like so many have said before, he died doing what he loved...serving and protecting.
Thank you to all who put on the badge every day and do the same...Stay safe!

Debbie Mullin
July 21, 2013


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