The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reported that friends and neighbors of two men who killed one another and wounded the wives of both early Friday evening in a gun fight, expressed shock and disbelief that this could have happened in their quiet rural town of Aberdeen in northeast Mississippi.
Monroe County Sheriff Cecil Cantrell said that Mickey Sudduth and his wife Jennifer had been having marital problems and that Jennifer and their two small children had lived with her parents, Robert and Janice Mize, for the last four months.
Jennifer had agreed to allow Mickey to take the children for the weekend. When he arrived to pick them up, the two got into an argument during which Mickey choked her. Jennifer went into the house and told her father, who then exited the house with his .40 caliber Glock and began to fire at Mickey who was also armed with his own pistol and returned fire.
In the ensuing gun battle the two shot each other at least 6 times each, with Mickey also shot his wife in the back as she attempted to flee the carnage. His mother-in-law was hit in the torso.
The coroner pronounced Mickey and Robert dead at the scene and the women were airlifted to a hospital in Tupelo. Janice Mize was treated and released on Sunday while Jennifer remains hospitalized in satisfactory condition.
Suddeth’s coworkers at Tupelo Water and Light where he was an equipment operator expressed shock to learn how he died.
“He was a hard worker,” said the director of TW&L, Johnny Timmons. “He was a good guy with a good disposition. He never bothered anybody.”
Timmons went on to say that it was surprising to learn that Suddeth even owned a gun, saying that he didn’t seem to “have the demeanor to shoot a pistol.”
Mize was the head of media at the Aberdeen First Pentecostal Church where he was in charge of the audio and visual effects for Sunday services.
“Robert Mize was one of the most loyal, Godly men, that I knew,” said Reverend Ricky Bowen, pastor of the church.
“Folks are torn up around here said Ferrell Morris, a neighbor. “The Mizes were good Christian people. I don’t believe I ever heard about them getting into an argument with anyone.”
h/t: Raw Story