Officer Johnny Sides was shot and killed after he and his partner stopped a vehicle for running a red light. As they approached the vehicle the four men opened fire on them, killing Officer Sides and wounding his partner. The suspects were arrested two days later in Arkansas. They were wanted for the 1950 shooting of Mississippi Department of Public Safety Officer E.J. Grisham. Two of the suspects were executed and two were sentenced to life.
Officer Sides had been with the agency for two months and was survived by his parents, brother, and two sisters