Pittman is 25. He is being held at the Amite County Jail on $400,000 cash bond. He was fired from the Brookhaven Police Department on Tuesday, said Chief Bobby Bell.He’d been employed there just two weeks, Bell said, and worked as a McComb police officer beforehand.
McComb Personnel Director Donjurea Davis confirmed Pittman had worked for the police department from March 30, 2012 through Feb. 22 of this year. She didn’t know why he left after just 11 months.
McComb’s deputy police chief didn’t immediately return a call for comment.
Mallard said she didn’t know the suspects and wasn’t sure why the younger Thompson associated with them, except that he was a troubled teen.
“He was stealing; they’d send him back home. He was getting in trouble in school; they’d send him home,” she said. “His daddy was trying to keep him out of trouble.”
Thompson leaves behind three other children, including a 7-year-old daughter. The children’s mother had died five years ago.