The Hancock County deputy airlifted to a New Orleans hospital Monday afternoon has died.
Sheriff Ricky Adam identified the deputy as Lt. Michael Boutte, who was responding to a call at a home on Monday afternoon when he was shot by someone at the property. Adam said another deputy arrived at the scene and shot the suspect who fired at Boutte. Both the deputy and suspect were taken to hospitals in New Orleans for treatment.
Boutte was an eight-year law enforcement veteran and veteran of the United States Air Force. Boutte later attended the United States Marine Corps Police Academy and served in the reserves in New Orleans. During his time with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, Boutte was not only a leader to his people but was awarded the Life Saving Medal for saving a child’s life and was credited with spearheading National Crime Night Out and initiating the Silver Alert Database for the City of Diamondhead. The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation along with their Crime Scene Unit responded to the scene and will be working on the investigation and reviewing the matter for criminal charges.