Thursday, June 6, 2019

Commissioner's Father Killed (Updated)

The father of Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture Andy Gipson was killed by a Simpson County deputy today.  Sources said Harry Gipson discharged a firearm in the presence of the deputies. The Commissioner issued a statement:

"My father passed away tragically after a years-long struggle with a brain injury and related illness. Please pray for our family and we ask for a period of privacy to grieve."
The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation issued the following statement.

At the request of the Simpson County Sheriff’s Department, the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is currently investigating the circumstances that led to an officer involved shooting that occurred Thursday morning in Simpson County. All investigative findings will be shared with the District Attorney’s office throughout the process for consideration and review. The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation will refrain from further comment regarding this ongoing case in order to protect the integrity of the investigation.

As is our policy, MBI does not identify officers involved in these types of incidents, and instead refers questions of that nature to the respective agency.
Kingfish note: Commissioner Gibson released his father's obituary. 

Rev. Harry Noble Gipson, 70, formerly of Brandon and Braxton, Mississippi, passed away on June 6, 2019.

Born June 22, 1948, Brother Gipson was the son of the late Rev. J. N. and Minnie Lee Gipson.

Bro. Gipson was a successful  homebuilder by trade, and a bi-vocational minister who pastored several churches in central Mississippi including Gum Springs Baptist Church, Braxton, MS, Providence Baptist Church, Pearl, Mississippi, New Liberty  Baptist Church, Morton, Mississippi, The Living Way Baptist Church, Brandon, MS, and Emmanuel Baptist Church, Pearl, MS.  During his ministry, Bro. Gipson led countless people to saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.  Over the years he also served as a missionary during several evangelistic missions around the world.  Bro. Gipson had a vision to build the Hilltop Memorial Children’s Ranch near Braxton, Mississippi and had a heart to see the Children’s Ranch operate to reach children of all backgrounds.

Even though in recent years he experienced traumatic brain injury as a result of several major accidents including a mule wagon wreck, a serious fall off of a forklift, and a life-threatening motorcycle wreck, Bro. Gipson continued to stay active in ministry in various ways.  He loved all people and personally helped countless individuals in need.

He is survived by his devoted wife of 50+ years, Glenda Cliburn Gipson and their three boys, Dr. J. Scott Gipson (Heather) of San Angelo, TX, Commissioner Andy Gipson (Leslie) of Braxton, MS and Detective Matt Gipson of Braxton, MS, and his eight grandchildren, Isaac, Daniel, Nate and Abi Rose of San Angelo, TX and Joseph, Benjamin, Abigail and Sarah of Braxton, MS. He is also survived by three siblings, brother, Larry Gipson (the late Sharon Gipson) and sisters, Wanda (Charlie) McLemore and Cindy Gipson and his niece and nephews, Cindy Lynne, John Larry and Bennett.   He will be remembered most of all for his faith in Jesus Christ, love of the Bible, the Word of God, and his love for his family.

Funeral services will be handled by Chancellor Funeral Home.  Services are scheduled for 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 9th at Chancellor Funeral Home in Florence with visitation preceding 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Margaret Lackey State Missions Offering, Mississippi Baptist Convention Board, P. O. Box 530, Jackson, MS 39205 and to the Neuro Institute, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Translational Research Center, 2500 N. State St., Jackson, MS 39216.
 

30 comments:

Anonymous said...

What in the world?!?!?

Anonymous said...

WHAT. IN. THE. HELL?

Unknown said...

Mr Gipson had dementia and was having a hard time mentally.

Anonymous said...

Definitely going to need more info.

Linda Herrington said...

Praying for the family .

Anonymous said...

Wow, how sad. What an awful end no matter what the circumstances.

Anonymous said...

Apples and trees people

Anonymous said...


June 6, 2019 at 1:07 PM "Definitely going to need more info."

You don't NEED anything. It is stated that the gentlemen had a brain injury. Who do you think you are and what is wrong with you? Get a hobby besides this blog and your need-to-know-mentality. How about volunteering for the Brain Injury Association?

I do not know this family, but it is a horrific tragedy for Mr. Gipson, his family, and for the officer. Prayers for all involved.

Anonymous said...

Amen, 1:46 PM. Prayers for the family, and may he rest in peace.

Anonymous said...

Everyone is saying prayers for the family; what about the officer?

Anonymous said...

Prayers for this family and the officer who did what he or she had to.

Anonymous said...

2.32 you said it all. These officers go thru he'll after a shooting and it lives with them forever. This officer needs our prayers too.

Anonymous said...

Remember that if you don't lick their porcine boots they can execute you. Even on your own property. No warrant necessary.

And according to 1:46 you shouldn't ask questions either.

The Overton Window has now moved to acceptance of extrajudicial execution by our law enforcement.

Anonymous said...

That is just awful. Who lets a guy in that terrible condition have access to guns?

Anonymous said...

I wonder why KF is not approving comments critical of shooting at police. I wonder what is different between this case and every other story where he allows such distasteful comments?

Anonymous said...

I’m white and tired of all the racial dividers. I tend to vote republican mostly because I agree with more of their ideas. You know, I have a feeling that if this were a elderly black man with dementia or a brain injury, the NAACP, CNN, and MLK, Jr. himself, would be calling for this officer’s name and the resignation of everyone employee in Simpson County. This is real life people. A tragedy that should be considered worse than a young black person, antagonizing police, getting shot. Tragedy for all involved. No matter what color you are; about all anyone is ever gonna say when you are gone is, Well, he was a good guy and didn’t deserve to die. Sucks, but true.

Sheriff Buford T. Justice said...

Glad to see that when JJ commenters aren't posting racist replies they are licking the boots of hero cops.

Anonymous said...

The deputies were serving papers to pick the man up and commit him. The family should never have done that without advising of the guns or taking the guns away in the first place.

Anonymous said...

@3:31, you’re tired of the racial dividers and then immediately make a blanket racial statement. You didn’t have to tell us that you vote republican, that was obvious by your post. Please name a single case where a black man shot at police and the NAACP, CNN, and MLK JR. called for actions against the officer.

Anonymous said...

I wonder why KF is not approving comments critical of shooting at police. I wonder what is different between this case and every other story where he allows such distasteful comments?

I wonder why you are here. I wonder why you care. I wonder why KF isn't taking every one of your BS comments and depositing them right into the cyber dumper. I wonder why you are fixated on seemingly every editorial decision of the private businessman who operates JJ. I wonder why it is any of your business at all what KF does and does not do with his media property. I wonder why you feel the need to anonymously complain so frequently about the content at JJ.

Get a life LOSER.

Anonymous said...

1:46PM

If you had any idea how vague "brain injury" is you wouldn't act like a goddamn retard. Not to mention everything I've heard about mental illness from my fiancee working in Rankin county in the mental health half this fucking state should be institutionalized. In fact I've had an elderly relative develop schizophrenia and had his guns locked away by other relatives.

Perhaps I should have finished the sentence with "before drawing conclusions", but in my naiveté I thought that would be implied and idiots wouldn't come out of the woodwork. So please next time you feel like flying of the handle while driving across the Reservoir consider stopping the car and throwing yourself over the railing. You'd do this state a favor.

Anonymous said...

The family has essentially admitted that this man had what had become long-term mental problems.

If it's true that "the deputies were serving papers to pick the man up and commit him" (as 3:58 p.m. on June 6 stated), then exactly what was it that had happened just recently to finally set that decision in motion?

What's really scary is the possibility that the PUBLIC may have unknowingly been in danger from this man for a LONG time (days, weeks, months, or years?), that is, LONG BEFORE the deputies were ever sent there to pick him up.

I can't help but wonder EXACTLY what has been the behind-the-scenes history with this man that the family has possibly been trying to keep secret.

Had this man's family tried to remove any and all guns from his possession BEFORE the deputies were sent there to pick him up? Or was the family too afraid of him by that time to try to do that?

I really feel for that deputy.

David Nelson said...

How very, very sad that there are those on either end of the spectrum who will use a tragedy such as this to further their agendas. Our thoughts and prayers are with this family, the officer involved as well as others impacted by this awful situation.

Anonymous said...

Terrible tragedy.

So sorry for all involved.

Anonymous said...

Amen David Nelson!

Anonymous said...

To judge the Family for obtaining help through our Chancery Court System is such a comment sprung from either ignorance or just ill intent. The Man needed help and the public needed protection. If you are not a mental health professional then there is nothing you can do. The Officer is trained and followed his training, You can bet our Police Officers only want to go home after their shift and be with their Families. No Officer ever wants to use deadly force. You were not in his shoes. They have great courage and dedication. The Officers and the Family need our Prayers. Our Agriculture Commissioner works hard six and seven days a week for the People of Mississippi. I suspect he got his work ethic and morals from his Father before he suffered trauma to his mental abilities. No one should be criticized here and all need our collective support and Prayers. Nothing to do with race. Nothing to do with Politics. Everything to do with tragedies in every Family affected. I truly hope life does not allow a tragic event to turn anyone's Family upside down. If it should, then everyone, I expect, would see this differently and with compassion.

Anonymous said...

Leave out of this story who his family was. That's irrelevant (and it got at least ten minutes of hand-wringing from the host of the JT show due to who the man's son is). Forget the part about prior instances of behavior. Dismiss from your thoughts the information about brain injury. And, of course, race has nothing to do with any of this.

Now, all you have left is officers being dispatched to a private residence with warrant in hand. Somebody had an obligation to either determine or report the existence of guns at that location. Somebody had an obligation to either determine or report the possibility of violence or an uncooperative response from the man named on the warrant.

More than in any other situation of police action, domestic service of warrants and responding to such calls is the leading cause either of officers or the target of the warrant being shot, injured or killed.

Anonymous said...

If I had to guess, I'd bet guns hadn't been removed because of the family's resistance to "denying his 2nd Amendment right", that being so damn important to him as an American. No need to consider specific circumstances that may keep him from protecting himself from all those threats to life and liberty! He lost both, and, like the bumper sticker so proudly states: they got to pry it from his cold, dead hand. What a shame.

Anonymous said...

If you allow the mentally ill to have a gun someone is going to end up dead. You are only hearing about this case because of who his son is.
Most cops don't discriminate you point a gun at them, it's simple your dead. It's a pain he has to live with the rest of his life.

Kingfish said...

Some of you are getting downright offensive and disgusting. I'm shutting the comments down. Don't gripe. You earned it.

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