Seven agents with the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics received Medals of Valor Tuesday from Gov. Phil Bryant for their part in a six-hour standoff in 2015 at a Brookhaven apartment building that left one man dead and two police officers injured.
“Today, I awarded seven Medals of Valor to Mississippi Bureau of Narcotic agents for bravery and swift action from an incident in 2015. It is the least we can do for the men and women who protect us each day. We thank them for their above-and-beyond response to the call of duty,” he wrote on his Facebook page to acknowledge the ceremony.
No photographs were taken of agents receiving their accolades. Their names were not made public.
Their actions, however, were noted by MBN Director John Dowdy.
“SWAT snipers were deployed and were taking fire from the barricaded subject within 18 inches of their heads,” Dowdy said. “They stood firm, hunkered down and when he started to open fire on the rest of the SWAT team, one of the snipers was able to take the shot that enabled them to secure him.”
On Oct. 12, 2015, Rudolph “Toby” Smith, of Brookhaven, barricaded himself inside an apartment and opened fire on police. Smith, 31, had been making threats all day, Brookhaven Police Chief Bobby Bell said after the shooting, reportedly because he’d received eviction papers at the apartment complex off Union Street Extension.