Efforts underway to build hero a house

Efforts underway to build hero a house


Madison County Sheriff’s deputies have launched a campaign to rebuild the home of their colleague, Deputy Brad Sullivan, who survived multiple gunshot wounds in 2019 and has been on the long road to recovery ever since.

“A lot was taken from Brad that day,” Lt. Joey Butler said. “And we need to give a lot back to Brad.”

A Home for Brad is the product of Madison County Sheriff’s Department Deputies Butler and Dwayne Moak. The goal is to build a home that will accommodate Sullivan’s needs so that he can live as independently as possible.

“This is going to be an expensive project,” Moak said. “Not only have the cost of building supplies skyrocketed, but everything in Brad’s home will have to be customized, adding expense, so it’s important we reach as many people as possible.”

The Home Builders Association of Jackson will be coordinating the construction of the home through Kirkland Development, Charter Homes, HouseWorks and other HBAJ entities.

For updates and ways to donate or volunteer visit ahomeforbrad.org.

Edgar James Egbert of Canton pleaded guilty at his trial in February of this year to six counts of attempted murder in the September 2019 shooting of Sullivan and another deputy who was treated and released.

The judge handed down a sentence of 210 years or 35 years per count for Egbert to be served consecutively. 

Sullivan has been wheelchair bound and lost vision in his right eye since Egbert shot him as he fled deputies on Sept. 5, 2019.

“He murdered Deputy Brad Sullivan,” Sullivan told a courtroom packed with law enforcement officers in Canton at the time.

The incident began in northwestern Madison County and ended in Canton after a pursuit.

Egbert was accused of abducting a man and tying him up inside Egbert’s home in northwestern Madison County. An ensuing chase led to the gunfire seriously injuring Sullivan.

Sullivan was wounded at approximately 7:15 a.m. Sept. 5, 2019, after Egbert crashed his vehicle into a ditch in a chase that ended near the Canton Country Club on Mississippi 16 east. Egbert then exited the vehicle and started shooting. 

Other law enforcement officers involved in the pursuit returned fire, hitting the suspect before taking him into custody. Tucker said that close to 100 rounds were fired that day.

Sullivan said he remembers being instructed not to fall asleep until he arrived at UMMC where he slipped into a six-week coma.

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