Prominent Philadelphia physician charged in weekend shootout with SO

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A prominent family physician who is accused of firing shots at Sheriff’s deputies was shot and wounded in a standoff Saturday stemming from a domestic disturbance call, the authorities said.

The physician, Dr. Jeffery Todd Willis, faces multiple charges ranging from domestic violence to aggravated assault on a police officer, according to Neshoba County Sheriff Eric Clark.

Willis, 59, of 13850 Road 602, was charged Tuesday with the following:

• Domestic violence-aggravated assault.

• Two counts of aggravated assault on a police officer and shots fired at officers on the initial call.

• Four counts of aggravated assault on a police officer while effecting an arrest.

• Two counts of simple assault on a police officer while effecting an arrest.

“While on scene a standoff ensued between law enforcement and the armed assailant,” Clark initially said in a Facebook post Saturday night.

Leake County deputies were called in to assist in the standoff that apparently lasted for some time before the shots were fired and Willis was taken to a Meridian hospital where he survived after surgery for bullet wounds to the chest.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation was notified immediately and took charge Saturday, Clark said.

See Wednesday's Democrat for the full story.


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