Tools

Man Injured in Jackson Drive-by Shooting

By Natalie Potts
By npotts@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn. - Jackson Police are investigating a shooting and police chase that left one resident with a gunshot wound to his chest and a Madison County sheriff's deputy injured, Saturday.

Investigators said the victim was shot after several men pulled up in a Mercury Mountaineer SUV and opened fire toward a home on Whitehall Street around 11 p.m. Saturday.

"There is too much violence going on every week there is a shooting," said neighbor Dalvin Carter.

Police said Madison County deputy Michael Moncher was on his way to work when he spotted the gunfire coming from the vehicle. The deputy called for backup, then chased the SUV through East Jackson.

"He was courageous knowing that someone had just fired shots from this vehicle. He followed it knowing that the people inside were armed and he was alone," said Lt. Miller, Jackson Police Dept.

During the chase, Lt. Miller told WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News that three of the suspects jumped out of the car in the Lincoln Courts area. The SUV then took off again, leading the deputy into a residential neighborhood and ending the chase in a driveway on Lockwood Street.

Police said the driver and another suspect took off running into the woods as Deputy Moncher pulled up behind them and drew his weapon. The SUV then rolled backward down the driveway and crashed into his squad car. The impact knocked Deputy Moncher down and injured his shoulder and knee.

"Never want to hear that. Like I said your heart just skips a beat. These are just tense moments until you know that he's OK," said Lt. Miller.

Investigators said a police dog searched the wooded area on Lockwood Street and found suspected driver Jameca Tipler, 30 of Jackson hiding in the woods. Authorities said Tipler was bitten in the leg by a police dog for resisting arrest. He was then taken to the Jackson-Madison County General Hospital where he was treated for the bite before officers took him to jail.

The gunshot victim was airlifted to the MED in Memphis and is listed in critical but stable condition. Deputy Moncher was treated and released for a dislocated shoulder. Sheriff David Woolfork said he will have at least three weeks to recover.

Lt. Miller said there were at least 15 shell casings recovered at the scene of the shooting. Tipler has been charged with attempted murder and aggravated assault by reckless conduct for allowing the SUV to roll backward and injure Deputy Moncher. Lt. Miller said he is scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Jackson City Court.

Lt. MIller credited the driver's arrest to Deputy Moncher's quick action.

Residents in East Jackson said they are thankful for the deputy's bravery.

"I'm really grateful for him. He is a hero," said neighbor Delbert Williams. "He is somebody that I could look up to and I want my children to look up to."

Police said they are still looking for four other suspects. If you have any information that could help in this case, call Jackson Police at (731) 425-8400.