Darian Tawan Atkinson

Darian Tawan Atkinson 

BILOXI, Miss. (WALA) -- The teenager accused of killing a police officer in Biloxi has been arrested.

Investigators said 19-year-old Darian Tawan Atkinson was captured in the city of Wiggins, about 30 miles north of Biloxi.

Atkinson is charged with capital murder in the shooting death of Officer Robert McKeithan. The officer was gunned down around 10:30 p.m. Sunday in front of the Lopez Quave Public Safety Center on Porter Avenue. Investigators say the shooter walked up to the officer and shot him multiple times before running away.

Police said there will be at least one person charged with helping Atkinson stay on the run, but they did not go into exact detail on that person's role.

Authorities said they were able to identify Atkinson after reviewing surveillance video. They released his name an picture to the public around 4 p.m. Monday.

Police said a Biloxi officer was driving home Monday night when he spotted Atkinson in Wiggins. That officer called the Wiggins Police Department and officers took Atkinson into custody.

Robert McKeithen

Robert McKeithen

A crowd of police department supporters cheered as officers led Atkinson into police headquarters in Biloxi around 9 p.m.

McKeithan, a 24-year police veteran, was planning to retire at the end of the year. Biloxi Police Chief John Miller said the officer leaves behind a wife, a daughter, two step-sons and two step-daughters.

Recommended for you

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.