George Holland Obituary
In a heart-wrenching turn of events on the evening of Saturday, October 14, a tragic shooting incident unfolded, claiming the life of 68-year-old George Holland, a resident of Delta. The incident took place at the former Kingsway Mall location on Murray Lane, sending shockwaves through the community and prompting an intensive investigation by the Sikeston Department of Public Safety, under the leadership of Chief Jim McMillen.
The calamity transpired during an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, an environment typically associated with support and recovery. However, on this evening, a distressing situation unfolded within the group. Reports indicate that a member, armed with a firearm, allegedly began making threats of self-inflicted harm, sending shockwaves of fear through the attendees.
Swift action was taken by law enforcement, with officers evacuating all meeting attendees from the premises and summoning negotiators to the scene in an attempt to de-escalate the situation. Tragically, as tensions mounted, George Holland, identified as the sole occupant of the building at the time, began to brandish his own weapon and issue threats.
In response to the escalating threat, a DPS officer found themselves compelled to employ lethal force, an agonizing decision that ultimately resulted in the loss of George Holland’s life. Emergency medical personnel were nearby, and they immediately initiated life-saving procedures. Despite their dedicated efforts, George Holland succumbed to his injuries after being transported to the hospital.
It’s important to note that during the incident, no officers sustained injuries, and, thankfully, no other individuals at the scene were harmed. As the investigation into the circumstances surrounding this tragic event continues, the community mourns the loss of George Holland, whose life was cut short in a deeply saddening and unfortunate turn of events.