T U P E L O, Miss., July 6, 2001 -- A sheriff who was a cousin of Elvis Presley was killed in a shootout early today that also left a suspect dead.
The gun battle began after a man fled from a police roadblock and pushed a woman, nude and bound with tape, from his car, authorities said. The man wrecked his car, and was later cornered in a shed at a home.
Lee County Sheriff Harold Ray Presley, 52, shoved a deputy out of the way and was apparently shot several times but returned fire, killing Billy Ray Stone, 53, authorities said.
The sheriff "almost certainly saved the deputy from injury or death," said Highway Patrol spokesman Warren Strain.
‘The King’ Covered His Wall
Harold Presley's father was the brother of Elvis Presley's grandfather, making them first cousins once removed. The late King of Rock 'n' Roll was born in Tupelo in 1935.
When he became sheriff in 1993, Harold Presley received calls from Elvis fans who wanted to buy his campaign signs. A wall of Presley's office was covered with Elvis Presley pictures and posters.
The woman pushed from the car was in satisfactory condition with a cut on her arm and a broken ankle. Police said she had been abducted the night before.