Friday, May 21, 2010

STANDOFF

Update: 10:50 PM. SWAT team is in the house as I type this. 10:58 PM. Just got a report the house is in flames. Awaiting confirmation but my sources have been right all day so far. 11:00 PM. Just got report from another source that "a crazy plume of white smoke erupted from the house." 11:02 PM: Same source: "Sirens heard now". 11:11 PM: House in flames. Swat team was Highway Patrol. One of the weapons he had was a, ready for this? M203. Mitts is now dead. Shot himself. Barricaded in bathroom.

Update:
8:40 PM. JJ has been informed gas was used but no movement detected. Was also informed UMC helicopter landed but no independent confirmation. Am hesitant to post this information but sources are in law enforcement. (20 minutes later) Fox40 just confirmed a helicopter landed but said it might have something to do with investigation (ya think?) so I'm sticking with my UMC claim. Sources have also informed this website Pitts and his partner split recently. The lack of movement doesn't mean what it normally would in my opinion as this guy probably has gas masks. I can report all electricity and utilities have been cut off. CL just reported tear gas was used.

Update:
Here is the story of what happened. Mitts went to psychiatrist's office at 212 Key Drive in Madison this morning. Something transpired while there between he and the doctor that set him off. He talked about killing the wife and kids. Someone at office freaked and hit the silent alarm. Police showed up and chased him to his house in Lake Caroline. He fired over thirty rounds at the police. JJ has learned the Mississippi Highway Patrol is about to take over the operation in Lake Caroline.

Original Post: Husband's name is Keith Mitts. Wife is Irina. 109 South Hampton in Lake Caroline. Just paid off a mortgage less than a month ago. Document Loan was paid off because the house was sold to a Harvey Green on April 15, 2010. Copy of deed Mr. Mitts is the co-owner of Solutions Advantage, LLC. Mr. Green was renting the house to Mr. Mitts for a month after closing. Mr. Green was supposed to move into the home tomorrow.

Received this email a few minutes ago from someone in the same building as this doctor's office:
"Was downstairs in Dr. (physc) office wearing a bullet proof vest, saying he was killing them. She pushed silent alarm, cops swarming, not sure how he got out of here and to LC…. His wife and son were up here too. I didn’t see them leave so I have no idea if he took them or left them or what."

I just called the Madison County Chancery Court and there is nothing filed under his name. Thought I would go ahead and squelch that one before it started. Here is a video found on his Facebook page:

64 comments:

Anonymous said...

the guy is holding a gun on his facebook profile pic :-/

Anonymous said...

Suicide by cop. Betcha.

Anonymous said...

According to WLBT, his wife and child are not in the home.

intelligent gun owner said...

wow... anyone needing to publicly display a picture of them just holding a gun, especially one that looks like/is a tactical firearm, should be forced into a mental evaluation.

Anonymous said...

Just stalked his public facebook. Other than the assault weapon, seems like an average suburban Christian republican. Nice message about thanking friends for prayers when his father passed away. There is a video on his wall that shows him firing the gun and it's fully automatic. Wonder what set him off?

Anonymous said...

Video

Anonymous said...

WifE and child are being held at prison.

Autogyro said...

That looks like an H&K MP5, the little submachine gun favored by law enforcement. What a dork. You can tell he likes the gun more than he does his wife.

Anonymous said...

He's totally compensating. The bigger the gun, the smaller the...

Anonymous said...

No doubt he's acting irrationally. However, you'll have to forgive me if I withhold judgment on his character (or anything else) before we learn more about the circumstances.

Anonymous said...

i feel sorry for any official that signed off on this idiot owning a fully automatic weapon (if in fact he owns one, which hopefully he doesn't)

Kingfish said...

Not passing any judgement on him right now. We've all had rough times and sometimes some people snap.

Anonymous said...

@5:24

there are no acceptable circumstances for this morons actions

Anonymous said...

and karl banks lives right across the street; kingfish hit man???
seriously , guessing foreclosed, desperate w. russian wife, gun nut, cornered. hope he falls asleep and ends well.

Kingfish said...

No foreclosure. Mortgage paid off when he sold the home.

Anonymous said...

@5:27 I could think of some scenarios involving a man's wife and/or kids that could push him past the breaking point. They wouldn't make the actions right, but they wouldn't make me think the guy was a monster, either.

Anonymous said...

Was that a silencer in that video?

Anonymous said...

I hope this situation diffuses quickly and without any injuries, but I'm going to have to agree with 5:27. No matter how hard times get, there is no excuse for behaving in this manner.

Anonymous said...

One thing about it- If he hurts anyone- there are 2 open spaces now on death row.

Anonymous said...

Is Holy Mother Mary on the scene? Shouldn't she be?

Anonymous said...

Somebody ought to tell the dude to call Danks, Royals and Judge Bell so they can 'fix' his legal problem before he surrenders.

Anonymous said...

If good fortune is smiling on Keith Mitts then he'll be considered one of Jim Hood's family or friends.

Anonymous said...

Oops. My bad. That kind of special treatment only counts if you've done your law breaking within the confines of the legal prison known as Hinds County.

Anonymous said...

Somebody who did what Mitts is doing in Hinds County would be released on $25,000 bond just in time to go hang with Kaze over at Dreamz for Happy Hour.

Mitts. Gotta do your shooting in Hinds!!!

Anonymous said...

If Mitts was black and doing this in Wards 3, 4 or 5 nobody would have even called this shit into JPD.

Damn, Kenny Stokes would have loved to hold a made-for-TV march after something like this.

Anonymous said...

6:34 GREAT IDEA!

Judge Danks could make a phone call to the mayor on behalf of Royals (provided he is retained)! Look what happened DURING George Bell's "standoff". This could fall under the generous umbrella of attorney client privilege.

Verbatim e-mail courtesy of the JFP:

Dear Ms. Ladd:
My name is Eric Ray and I am an attorney in Mr. Danks' office. He has asked that I contact you concerning the following quotes that were made by you on a recent public discussion concerning the tragic murder of Ms. Spencer and subsequent arrest of George Bell, III.:

The question is, "why"? Was Danks his attorney then, too?

I do worry about double standards at play here, and I'm curious what role Mr. Danks or others might have played in Mr. Bell not going to jail the first time.

If you will re-read the Clarion Ledger article, you will see that Mr. Danks does not represent George Bell, III in this matter. Further, Mr. Danks has never represented George Bell, III for any other matter in the past. As the article states, Mr. Danks received a phone call from Tom Royals, George Bell's lawyer, asking for advice. Mr. Danks then put Mr. Royals in touch with Frank Melton. That is the extent of Mr. Danks' involvement with this matter. Thank you for your attention to this matter, and we trust you will correct your statements.

Eric Ray
Danks, Miller, Hamer, & Cory

Anonymous said...

Every good fisherattorney knows that you never land the big payday if you don't bait your hook.

Then, after the fact, when you don't get the whopper in your boat you claim that you were never fishing but only out sightseeing.

Anonymous said...

No silencer in that video.

Anonymous said...

It has been reported that the guy is former military. I have to think with over 30 rounds fired, and as much as he seems to know/like about guns, that he could have hit someone had he wanted to.

Why wear a vest if suicide by cop is on the agenda?

Anonymous said...

When someone becomes mentally deranged there are no stops in their behavior.

This is a tragedy for his wife and child. I'm happy to hear that they are safe at this time.

He is sick and out of control.
Anything can happen at this point. He apparently doesn't care.
What a sad ending for all...

Anonymous said...

thank god he didn't take anyone with his deranged self

Anonymous said...

Good work tonight! Thanks!!!! Your FB Friend!

Anonymous said...

Crazy what a woman can do to a man.

Anonymous said...

Crazy what men do all by themselves without any help.

Anonymous said...

KF, you need to check out indictments coming down on Mon ...sting op

Anonymous said...

indictments where?

Kingfish said...

None when I called the courthouses late Friday afternoon.

Anonymous said...

is it possible his russian wife was not as submissive as he thought she should be? some men freak when the foreign bride gets all uppity (in their minds)and starts to act "normal", aka: american. o well, sad perhaps, but now he is dead.

Anonymous said...

On Jan 31, 2010, his Facebook says, "My Dad died 4 days ago, young at 72 from a heart attack during a leg amputation." I didn't know the man personally, but his bizarre behavior could very well be caused by effects of anti-depressants. Sadly, doctors hand out anti-depressants like candy now. I know from close personal experiences that seemingly "harmless" anti-depressants can make even a sane person snap and become homicidal/suicidal. If his father died end of Jan and he sought help for depression, it's likely the RX was what made him snap.

Anonymous said...

(cont from 2:18)
If rx side effects are the cause, then Mitt's doctor is to blame for Mitt's actions for not advising and warning Mitt about the serious and dangerous side effects of anti-depressants.

Anonymous said...

You people are laughable..

It's always someone else's fault..

Nobody should be held responsible for their actions..


please, it's just one less nutjob on the streets, who would have blown up eventually, and the world is a better place without him.

Anonymous said...

You took the words out of my mouth 4:34

Anonymous said...

There are 'some' doctors? who do overprescribe I agree, I had one who gave me a prescrip and told me to take 3 a day. My best friend since 1st grade is an RN and she flipped. I took one at night only and for a short period of time. However, I know this Dr they were seeing yesterday. She is very conservative in all aspects. I seriously do not believe that IF he was a 'patient' and IF she prescribed him anything it would have been enough to bring about such behavior. He abused it for this result to say the least IF he were even given anything. From what I can tell, they were there for marriage therapy so no prescription would have been given. I personally think, with all I've heard and seen, he was a timebomb and would have done something this stupid one day or the next. That is something a Dr. cannot keep from happening unless they follow the patient around day and night. This Dr is in no way responsible for this.

Anonymous said...

Also, now that I've had time to think about yesterday as I came back from lunch and heard the male voice raised. I must have had an Angel on my shoulder. I couldn't tell if the voices were coming from the attorney's office or the Dr office. I knew the Dr's receptionist was not in as she was in the parking lot talking with the wife and son. Of course I had no idea of anything at this point. As the elevator came down to get me the voices quited and I shruged it off and went on upstairs to my office. If I'd have thought for one second the Dr. was in any sort of trouble I'd have turned that corner in an instant to help her. If I'd have busted up in on them it could have been a very different outcome for her and myself. For once I'm glad I didn't pay close enough attention.

Anonymous said...

If you don't think those drugs will screw you up, just watch the next commercial on TV and listen to the side effects. All they have to do is make you aware of the side effects.

Anonymous said...

KF: "...One of the weapons he had was a, ready for this? M203...."

Not that hard to come by with proper vetting and fees. Can attach to the M4 he was firing in the video. Actual grenades on the other hand much more dear and pricey. More likely to have had a flare launcher.

JB


JB

Anonymous said...

Oh I totally agree! They certainly will and I do not think the doctors giving them out know exactly how they affect people. I've been prescribed Cymbalta (going thru divorce from Bi-polar w/sever paranoia husband is tough!) I took it for 3 months. You couldn't hold me down and shove one in my mouth today. That was the most horrid experience ever and I took myself off of it with that Dr trying to increase it! The side effects coming off of that is worse than the reason you started it to begin with! Have you ever felt your brain flip? Trust me, not fun. I just do not think the doctor this man was at Friday gave him a prescription and if so, she is VERY conservative in all other aspects of her life so I'd imagine she was in that aspect also. Some doctors WILL prescribe more than others. This particular one I highly doubt is one of the looser prescribing ones.

Anonymous said...

KF: You do a good service with this blog. Thanks for keeping us up to date with local information.

You do such much better work than any local news agency.

*Cheers*

Anonymous said...

Sometimes it takes time to find the right antidepressant drug for the right person. And the side effects can indeed be strong because they are powerful, powerful drugs that affect brain chemistry. I wouldn't be so naive to say they are never overprescribed, but I would argue that they have probably prevented a whole lot more people from snapping like this guy apparently did.

Anonymous said...

does the atf do anything?? remember that doctor who was in a swat standoff 5-6 years ago in madison county, threatened wife w. murder suicide? it was on wlbt... he fired a shot or two. got fired from mea group, but no jail time:
-currently practices at madison co. hospital!
-still has full auto guns!
-still has FFL license!

Anonymous said...

Why doesn't Madison Police Chief Gene Waldrop make some kind of official statement regarding this incident.His Dept. was involved in the initial contact with Mr.Mitts when this thing began.Waldrop should be more Professional in the way he conducts himself as MPD Chief.

Anonymous said...

10:25, someone needs to make a call to ATF if that is the case.

Anonymous said...

Maybe dude was prescibed meds and wasn't taking them or started taking them and quit.

My question is.. does Harvey Green legally have to take the house now or can he get out of it??

Anonymous said...

Harvey Green took posession of the house on 4/15... I imagine he's stuck. He's been royally screwed in this deal...

Anonymous said...

Wonder if Mr. Mitts had an HO4 so his Liability would pay for the damages? In a normal purchase the buyer has an HO3, etc which would be void if a tenant was in the dwelling.... I certainly hope Mr. Green isn't stuck paying repairs out of his pocket...

Anonymous said...

9:44:
i found it; 8/1/03, dr. wm. burke...

Anonymous said...

If this guy was a threat barricaded in the house with rifles, why did most things in Lake Caroline go on almost normally, excepting the few houses in close proximity.

Those rifles have effective ranges of over a mile. The guy standing on the MHP SWAT truck would have been an easy target for a snipe attack. So would have several I saw on videos and photos.

And I can't see why they only saw the blood late in the evening once a sniper or whatever was in position. That should have been seen earlier, easily.

I am not saying anything was not above level, nor am I saying this guy is not responsible. He probably is. But some of these things don't add up.

Anonymous said...

Every hostage situation/standoff is blazing new ground. None are the same and all are easy to second guess. I think the sheriff did exactly what he should have done and handled the situation as well as it could have been handled.

Kingfish said...

Effective ranges of a mile?

You might want to check that assertion again.

The Butterknife said...

Um, this psychiatrist is my psychiatrist. Previous posters correct about being extremely conservative.

IF he was ex-military it would fit as she is a specialist in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The PTSD is WAY more likely to have set him off than anything this doc gave him.

Ex-military shows up at psychiatrist's office who specializes in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and then holes up in his house and has stand off with police? Sorry, but it makes perfect sense to me. She obviously hit a trigger button in him (no pun intended) or he was triggered before appointment and family knew he was unbalanced enough to take him there.

Very unfortunate.

Anonymous said...

Receptionist was overheard telling wife in parking lot "you should have never let him walk up in that office with a gun". Sorry but I'd have called the law if my husband, with that mental history, were that 'upset', was armed, and going anywhere!

Anonymous said...

This isn't meant to post it is more just to you...The Abagail Bonner case made me think of this....I read at the top where it seems as if you had a source for this story.. But here is what I had a source tell me...It was said that he killed himself but he had two shots to the head...UMMM how does that happen? I have noticed Breeland stays out of the public eye quite a bit..I don't know I live in Madison before the yuppie invasion..and now that it is time to retire we will be heading out of here and with all the cover up around here I can't say as I will miss it... I do miss the neighborly way people use to be around here and would do anything to have my old hometown back... BTW I totally appreciate this site more than you know... It is very welcoming to know I am not the only person that feels the way that I do.. Again thank you~~

Mmneese@live.com said...

I have just learned of this because I was trying to track Keith down.
I have known Keith since he was just entering college at UCF, he was about 20?
Best hearted and generous guy that you would ever want to meet.
Great at Math and the Sciences. Very nerdy.
But, always troubled and on Medication.
After college I often spoke to him by phone both In Mississippi and in Moscow.
He often spoke of suicide and we would kid him about it like,
“Well, if you do it, do it in the bathroom so you don’t make a big fucking mess.”.
Our tough love seemed to snap him out of it and make him laugh.
He had many friends.
He was a good shot though. He wouldn’t have missed very often.
I don’t believe he meant to harm anyone except himself.
And, no. He was never in the military.
And, no. He didn’t have PTSD.
He did get some training in automatic weapons through the UCF ROTC.
I trained him but he wasn’t comfortable with guns and left during one night leaving the weapon leaning against a tree.
No, he was not an ROTC Cadet either.
I am Saddened and my knee jerk reaction is to blame the Psychiatrist.
After all, he had been under Psychiatric care and medication for years.
What happened between them? Did she suggest separating his wife and child from him?!?
Now, That would have made him snap.

Mmneese@live.com said...

Wait,
It just occurred to me that some dumb ass said that he had a...wait for it!
An M-203! Bullshit.
M-203 has a 40mm grenade launcher. Are you simply stupid?
Look, know what he had?
One weapon, probably an M-16 with an Ilegally modified sear pin.
I doubt he had a gas mask.
I doubt he set the fire. Remember Waco?
Bullets not aimed by professionals tend to do do odd things, like start fires.
The rest of your commenters are pussies and know nothing about weapons, or Keith or even their own mental illnesses.
Keith didn’t put on a vest to have a cop kill him.
He wanted to do it himself! And, he did.
Why? What did this Pseudo Psychiatrist do to him?
Time to give Keith Mitts some Honor.

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