Suspect arrested in death of priest at beach home

July 12, 2011 12:25:34 PM PDT
Authorities say a Catholic priest has been shot to death in a beachfront home in Mississippi and a suspect has been arrested in Florida. The Rev. Edward E. Everitt was found Monday by a caretaker at a house being use as a weekend retreat in Waveland, about 40 miles east of New Orleans. Everitt was a 70-year-old priest at Holy Ghost and Our Lady of Pompeii churches in Hammond, La.

The church is a member of the Dominican Order and operates a school in the Hammond community about 50 miles northwest of New Orleans.

Police arrested a suspect about 6 a.m. Tuesday in Polk County, Fla. Authorities are not sure what the motive for the shooting was, but did say the priest's vehicle was missing.