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Assistant Chief Emma Mae Horton | Goodman Police Department, Mississippi Goodman Police Department, Mississippi

Assistant Chief

Emma Mae Horton

Goodman Police Department, Mississippi

End of Watch: Friday, September 8, 2000

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 38

Tour: 5 years

Badge # G-2

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Acquitted

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Assistant Chief Horton was shot and killed by another officer in her department after the officer became enraged over a scheduling conflict.

Assistant Chief Horton had stopped by the officer's home in the morning to talk with the officer's wife and daughter. The suspect ordered Assistant Chief Horton out of the home and then immediately shot her in the buttocks with a department-issued shotgun. She was able to enter a bathroom, closed the door, and called for help, but the suspect began shooting through the door with two department issued .40 caliber handguns. Assistant Chief Horton was shot a total of seven times and transported to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead. She never drew her own weapon during the incident.

The suspect was arrested several minutes later by responding officers. In October, 2002, the suspect was acquitted by a jury. The jury was deceived into thinking the suspect fired in self defense.

Assistant Chief Goodman had served with the agency for 5 years.

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Mom, there isn't a day that goes by and I don't think about you. I can't even express how much I miss you. After all these years, I'm still wondering WHY? I woke up this morning & while I was getting Emory dressed listening to PANDORA. Yolanda Adams song "OPEN MY HEART" came on I couldn't even stop the tears. You loved that song. By the way, Emory is your granddaughter. She's currently going through the terrible two stage & giving me the blues. lol

So much have happened over the years, I can only imagine what you're thinking looking down at all of us! I wonder how things would be if you were here...

I have someone special in my life. Someone I can share my happiness with. Someone that accepts me flaws & all. I'm getting emotional so I'm ending this-

I love you...

April 2, 2016


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