Officer killed after standoff, suspect dead

A Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics law enforcement officer assigned to a SWAT team was killed early Saturday after an hours-long standoff in rural north Mississippi ended in gunfire, authorities said.

Officials said James Lee Tartt, 44, of Grenada, was killed in the line of duty in the standoff situation at a home near the town of Iuka in Tishomingo County.  Three state troopers with the SWAT team were wounded in the shootout and taken to area hospitals.  Two of the wounded had wounds that were not considered life-threatening. The condition of the third was unclear Saturday morning.

Tishomingo County Coroner Mack Wilemon said the gunfire came after a standoff developed at a house where police had responded to some kind of domestic disturbance Friday evening.

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