Heartbroken cop screamed 'this is my son' after finding 20-year-old fatally shot in the head while responding to a call

AN officer faced every parent’s worst nightmare while responding to a fatal shooting Sunday. The victim turned out to be her own son.

Officer Laquandia Cooley was working the night shift for the Hazlehurst Police Department when she received a call about a body in the middle of the street around 2am.


“We initially responded to the call, not know when I made it over there, the person was going to be my son that was laying there,” said Cooley.

Her son, Charles Stewart, Jr.,20, was laying in the street after being shot in the head. He was dead by the time his mother arrived at the scene.

“As we get out, I look and I was like, ‘This is my son, this is my son.’ So, I literally just go into a break down you know? Like, why? Who would do this to my son?”

Cooley said it was a sight that she will never forget. 

“I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. I was seeing my own son laying there on the ground dead,” she said. “It was pretty much a panic. It was just, it was too much.”

Cooley broke the news to her son's father, Charles Stewart, telling him: “Someone killed our baby,”

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Mr. Stewart said his son was a friendly person who got along with everyone. To learn about his son’s death was a complete shock.

“It’s traumatizing for the whole family. We’re just trying to cope day to day. Just trying to figure out why this happened and who could have did this.”

Charles Stewart, Jr. is survived by his parents, an older sister and a 17-year-old brother.

“I’m lost,” wrote his sister, Destinequa Hillard, on Facebook. “How can anybody live after losing a sibling. I’m trying to be the strong one but I’m getting weak. I’ll never be able to see my brother again whoever did this is wrong why lord why.”

Because the case involves an officer’s family member Chief Darian Murray said the case will be handed over to the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation.


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