Police officer finds her own son dead after responding to call

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A police officer was among the first on the scene at a shooting, only to find out the victim was her son.

Officer Laquandia Cooley, from the Hazelhurst Police Department in Mississippi was on duty when a call came in regarding a shooting.

“We initially responded to the call, not knowing when I made it over there, the person was going to be my son that was laying there,” Officer Cooley told local news station WLBT.

Laquandia Cooley arrived at a crime scene and found her son. Source: WLBT
Laquandia Cooley arrived at a crime scene and found her son. Source: WLBT

Her 20-year-old son Charles Stewart Jr was found in the middle of Larkin Street with a gunshot wound to the head and he was reportedly dead before his mother arrived.

Officer Cooley revealed she recognised her son and started to "go into break down", unable to believe what she was seeing.

"I was seeing my own son laying there on the ground dead. It was pretty much a panic," she told WLBT.

"It was just, it was too much.”

Officer Cooley told the TV station the whole family was traumatised following her son's death and are trying to cope while figuring out what happened.

Charles Stewart Jr was dead before his mother arrived on the scene. Source: WLBT
Charles Stewart Jr was dead before his mother arrived on the scene. Source: WLBT

Charles's father, Charles Stewart, said the 20-year-old was a good person who got along with anyone.

Another local news station, WJTV reported the initial incident report stated Charles died from a gunshot wound to the head.

However, further results from the lab are yet to determine how he died.

The investigation into the death is being led by the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation.

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