Man killed wife, friends after they wouldn't let him drive drunk, police say

A Mississippi man allegedly killed his wife and friends when his wife wouldn't let him drive home drunk from her birthday party, officials said.

Michael Barnhill, 30, was celebrating his wife Marlee Barnhill's 27th birthday at a friend's home in Carroll County on Friday, Fox affiliate WLOV-TV reported, citing the Carroll County Sheriff's Office.

The man, according to Sheriff Clint Walker, became "drunk and belligerent during the course of the event" while the group of friends were "having a nice time together."

Marlee, upset with the way her husband was acting, took away his keys "to prevent him driving away in his drunk state." The sheriff said she "was trying to do the right thing to protect his life and the lives of other drivers."