A police car in Mississippi .
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NEW YORK - A Mississippi sheriff's deputy and seven other people were killed in multiple locations in rural Lincoln County before a suspect was taken into custody by police, a local newspaper reported on Sunday.
Authorities have not released the identities of the victims and the suspect, The Clarion-Ledger reported.
The newspaper's website features a video clip of a man in handcuffs sitting in a road, surrounded by officers. The man, identified as the suspect, tells an interviewer that he was attempting to commit "suicide by cop."
Representatives of the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office and the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation could not be reached immediately for comment.
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant called the killings a "senseless tragedy" in a statement.
"Every day, the men and women who wear the badge make some measure of sacrifice to protect and serve their communities," his statement said. "Too often, we lose one of our finest."
Lincoln County is a mostly rural area near Mississippi's southern border with Louisiana, about 65 miles south of Jackson, the state's capital.