Madison Countians give blood for wounded deputy
Madison Countians give blood for wounded deputy
A Facebook page Praying for Deputy Brad Sullivan has been set up and love from around the country is pouring in for the young Madison County officer shot twice in the head last week following a high-speed chase.

“On behalf of the Gluckstadt Fire Department, we’re praying for you, Brad” Chief Henry Davis says in a video of firefighters in front of two engines. 

The children of Little Footprints Learning Center posted a get-well video along with pictures of hand-drawn signs.

“Little Footprints Learning Center missed Officer Brad Sullivan yesterday,” a post said. “He has always been so kind and loves coming to visit our children! We were very thankful for Madison Police officers that came to teach our children all about safety! Thank you for coming! Our prayers and love for Officer Brad are continuing every day!”

The St. Anthony, MN, Police Department sent a note personally signed by officers saying, “We all signed on for the same job. We all had the same goals in mind. We all knew that when it was needed we would be there for one another. We are a family not born from a blood line, but bonded in life by a blue line. As brothers and sisters in blue, we offer our support and prayers as you work through this tragic situation.”

A candlelight vivil is set tonight (Thursday) at 7 p.m. the the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, 2941 U.S. 51, Canton, MS 39046.

A preliminary trial date has been set Sept. 24 for man accused of shooting Sullivan near Canton last Thursday morning.

Edgar James Egbert of Canton has been charged with six counts of attempted murder of law enforcement officers, one county of felony fleeing and one count of kidnapping.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is handling the case, but Assistant Madison County District Attorney Ashley Allen told the Journal Wednesday that substantial evidence against Egbert continues to pour in, including video, witness interviews and forensic evidence.

Details on Sullivan’s recovery have been scant. He underwent an initial surgery after arriving at the hospital and was scheduled for another procedure later that afternoon.

He remains under the care of doctors at University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson in critical condition.

Sullivan was injured following a high-speed chase last Thursday through north Madison County. He was one of several deputies who responded to a possible kidnapping and hostage situation in the northwestern corner of the county.

Egbert allegedly fled the scene in his vehicle when officer arrived and led law enforcement officers all the way east of Canton, where he crashed his vehicle into a ditch near the Canton County Club on Highway 16 east before firing several shots at officers.

Sullivan was one of two sheriff’s deputies injured, but the other had only minor injuries and was treated and released.

Sullivan, who grew up in Nanih Waiya in Winston County, was honored in 2016 for his role in apprehending a habitual violent offender.

On Monday, Madison Police Officer Jacob Lang started a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for Sullivan’s medical expenses.

Anyone wishing to donate to the Sullivan family can also go by any Bank Plus location and donate in the name of Bradley Sullivan.

A blood drive was held Wednesday morning in Madison.

Madison County Sheriff Randy Tucker could not be reached for comment, but has taken to social media to encourage folks to donate.

“I cannot say enough about the outpouring of support we have received,” Tucker wrote in a Facebook post this week. “Together, we will overcome adversity and prosper.”