Steve Lamar Goss, Jr
DATELINE: CARROLL COUNTY, Miss. – Carroll County deputies said a mother protected her children after Steve Lamar Goss, Jr., who couldn’t break-in the front door, drove his truck into the home and tried to attack the family.
On Monday, January 22, deputies received a call about a knife-wielding man attempting to enter a home in the Gravel Hill area. The caller stated this his wife and three children were inside the home and were hiding in a closet. The caller also identified the suspect and gave a description of his vehicle.
The mother and three children hid in a closet designated as the family’s safe room. The mother prayed while the children recited scripture, WLBT reported.
When Goss entered the closet holding a knife, the woman shot him in the arm. Goss was captured shortly thereafter, treated for the gunshot wound to his arm, and booked on four counts of attempted murder and one count of burglary. Investigators said he was already out on felony bond for possession of a weapon by a felon at the time of this incident. Bond was denied.
“We can all learn a lot from this family about the importance of having an emergency plan in place in our homes and, most importantly, the power of prayer,” Carroll County Sheriff Clint Walker said, per the station. “I thank the Lord for this father’s preparation; the bravery shown by the mother and children, and that what could have been a tragedy was transformed into a testimony of their faith in God.”
✱ Another site says the father was at work in Greenwood Mississippi, which is 18 miles away from Gravel Hill.
✱ Coincidently or not, there’s a Goss Home Improvement near the scene of the crime.
✱ A study on gun death rates in the U.S. shows the Bible Belt Gulf South states among the top five per capita for the highest overall death rates for 2021, and it places the blame on weak gun laws and high rates of gun ownership. Mississippi was # 1.