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COMO, Miss. (FOX13) -

Police Chief Earl Burdette was taken away from the Como Police Department Thursday evening by Panola County Sheriff's deputies after he brought a witness in for questioning about a shooting that took place Thursday evening.

Witnesses say Panola County Sheriff's deputies took the chief's gun, his badge, mace, and also took him in for questioning.

The shooting call came into the Panola County Sheriff dispatch, from there FOX13 News was told dispatchers tried to contact Como Police but couldn't reach them. Two deputies responded to the scene in Como as did Panola County Sheriff Dennis Darby.

A Mississippi Bureau of Investigations agent responded as well.

At some point FOX13 News was told Como Police officers also responded, as did Chief Burdette.

Witness Laverne Wilbourn said Chief Burdette took her son, who was a witness, from the scene to the police department. At that point, Wilbourn said Sheriff Darby and deputies came to the door to retrieve him as a witness and the police chief objected.

"Burdette came to the door and he was like, 'Y'all can't come in here and take over. Just stand still,' and the man pushed Burdette and Burdette stumbled back and was fumbling," Wilbourn said. "He pulled back up and he shoved the man again and the man shoved him back again."

Wilbourn said Police Chief Burdette then pulled his mace and threatened to spray Sheriff Darby.

"By that time we are looking in the window and they are all on Burdette," Wilbourn said. "Every police but one dude in black. We were looking in the window."
 
According to Wilbourn shortly after that the police chief was cuffed.

"The man was like, 'I thought they said we couldn't take over,'" Wilbourn said. "Next thing I know Burdette come out with his hands behind his back. They had his badge and his gun and his mace. My son said, 'How are they taking him to jail when this is where they are at?'"

So where from here, Sheriff Darby could file charges against Chief Burdette or vice versa. That would have to go through a probable cause hearing.

The incident, including the shooting, remains under investigation.

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