April 8, 2024

UPDATE: Suspect Given No Bond In Murder of Jackson Firefighter Gerald Bates

Therese Apel

Tammy Williams; Source: JPD
Tammy Williams; Source: JPD

UPDATE (April 8): Tammy Williams was given no bond.


Jackson Fire Department is mourning one of their own after a welfare check found Gerald Bates dead in his home.

No official statement has yet been made to Darkhorse Press, but according to friends of the family and law enforcement sources, fellow firefighters conducted a welfare check on Bates’ home on Ferguson Drive when he did not show up for work.

Authorities say that Bates was found dead and a woman with which he shared the home was barricaded inside.

Negotiators and SWAT were called to the scene, where Tammie Williams, 41, was armed and barricaded.

SWAT officers entered the home and took her into custody without incident after roughly an hour.

”Please keep the entire Jackson Fire Department and the Bates Family and your thoughts and prayers, for the loss of one of their own
Firefighter Gerald Bates
RIH our dear brother,” read a post on a Facebook page dedicated to fallen Jackson firefighters.

Bates also worked for Byram Fire Department.

We will update as we learn more.


The staff of Darkhorse Press extends our most sincere condolences to the family of Gerald Bates. Thank you sir, for spending your life protecting hours. Godspeed.

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