CORRECTS FIRST NAME TO ROBERT, NOT JOHN - This photo provided by the City of Biloxi, Miss., Public Affairs Department shows police officer Robert McKeithen who was killed Sunday night, May, 5, outside the department building in Biloxi. (City of Biloxi, Miss., Public Affairs via AP)

Mississippi police jail smiling suspect in officer's killing

May 07, 2019 - 5:58 am

Police in Mississippi are feeling vindicated after capturing a teenager accused of gunning down a uniformed officer at a police station.

Biloxi citizens applauded Monday night as 19-year-old Darian Tawan Atkinson was returned to the scene of the crime in handcuffs.

Police said Atkinson walked around inside the station Sunday night before shooting Biloxi Patrolman Robert McKeithen in the parking lot.

Atkinson smiled as he was escorted through a phalanx of television cameras and police officers.

Biloxi Police Chief John Miller said officers "feel vindicated. He's been treated properly and fairly. And now we will grieve for the family."

McKeithen's death leaves a wife and four children without him. He had been planning to retire this year.