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Special Agent Lee Tartt | Mississippi Department of Public Safety - Bureau of Narcotics, Mississippi Mississippi Department of Public Safety - Bureau of Narcotics, Mississippi

Special Agent

Lee Tartt

Mississippi Department of Public Safety - Bureau of Narcotics, Mississippi

End of Watch: Saturday, February 20, 2016

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 44

Tour: 22 years

Badge # V-53

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Shot and killed

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Special Agent Lee Tartt was shot and killed as he and other members of a Mississippi Department of Public Safety SWAT team attempted to make entry into a home during a barricade situation near Iuka, Mississippi.

A male subject had taken his wife and child hostage in the home during a domestic dispute, but allowed them to leave during the standoff. The man opened fire on the SWAT team members as they entered the home after the woman and child were released. Special Agent Tartt was fatally wounded, and three other members of the team were wounded.

The subject was shot and killed.

Special Agent Tartt had served with the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics for 16 years and had served in law enforcement for 22 years. He is survived by his wife and two children.

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Lee:

I spent 35 years of my life wearing a badge and gun, keeping our solemn vow, "Protect and Serve". In that time, I buried several of my friends and fellow officers. Having been involved in a deadly shootout years ago, I still ask our Heavenly Father why was I so lucky to survive and so many of my friends were not.

My prayers are to you and your family, knowing that they, like you, will always be a part of the Thin Blue Line. Giving your life to protect others has exemplified what an officer is willing to do. You, sir, are an American hero. As said in the Bible, "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God". Rest in peace my brother, Godspeed and may our Heavenly Father bring peace and comfort to your family.

"Above all else, honor".

Sgt. Ron Tomassi, (Retired)
Lake Mary Police
June 23, 2016

 

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