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Beating in Walmart parking lot leaves one man in extremely critical condition

By Jordan Hall
By jhall@wbbjtv.com

DYERSBURG, Tenn. -- Police say a man is in "extremely critical condition" after a beating early Thursday morning in a Walmart parking lot.

Eyewitnesses say it was a hard scene to watch unfold.

"It really messed my head up. It messed my kids head up I believe. I justr hope that [the victim] is OK because nobody deserves that," said Kimberly Parson.

Just after 1:30 a.m., police responded to an assault at the Walmart on Lake Road in Dyersburg. Upon arrival, they located a male lying motionless in the parking lot. Witnesses at the scene told officers the victim was punched in the face by another person who had fled the scene.

The suspect, Jeffrey A. Miller Jr., 23, was located a short time later at the All-In-One located on Highway 51 Bypass and taken into custody and charged with aggravated assault.

The suspect's sister, Krystal Rude, said her brother was just trying to protect her.

"He told me, he was like, 'if you were old enough you could be my girlfriend and put his arm around me and I was like, get away from me," said Rude.

According to Dyersburg Police Captain Mark Moody, Miller is being held at the Dyer County Law Enforcement Center.

The victim, 50-year-old male from Mississippi, was transported to Dyersburg Regional Medical Center and later to the Med in Memphis where he is listed in extremely critical condition.

The investigation into the case is continuing and Miller will be arraigned on June 16 at 4 p.m. in Dyersburg City Court.
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