Update: Weakley Co. Woman Shot by Deputy

Natalie Potts

WEAKLEY COUNTY, Tenn. - The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is investigating an officer involved shooting in South Fulton after one woman was shot by a Weakley County Sheriff's deputy during the execution of a meth-related search warrant, Friday.

Officers went to a home on Chestnut Glade Road with the Department of Children's Services around 11 a.m. Friday. During the search, deputies discovered narcotics and placed mother Amanda Williams, Joe Matt Cunningham and Tonya Arnold under arrest. TBI officials said that while under arrest, Arnold was able to slip her hand out of her handcuff and grab a gun that was laying underneath a newspaper nearby. Deputies said Arnold then pointed the gun at the DCS worker who was attempting to remove the children from the home.

"Next thing I know we heard gunshots and a bullet come out of the window and come past the tree and everybody ran behind the vehicles," said grandmother Sherry Garrigus, who was waiting outside with her three grandchildren. "The DCS worker came out and she was screaming and crying saying 'she got shot, oh my god she got shot and that the police told her to drop it and she wouldn't. "

One deputy opened fire, shooting Arnold once in her chest and twice in the leg. Some family members said there was not a handgun in the home and thought deputies had secured the scene during the search.

"I don't know what to think," said Garrigus. "It was just something that happened and nobody was prepared for what happened."

Some neighbors said they were not surprised the Sheriff's Office was conducting a search at this home. Family members said Williams had not been staying at the house with her children long.

"She was just here to help take care of her ex because he had been in a horrific motorcycle accident," said Garrigus. "They had only been here a week; the kids only a couple of days before all of this happened."

Arnold was air lifted to the Regional Medical Center in Memphis for treatment. She was last listed in stable condition.

Williams and Cunningham face drug charges for manufacturing, dealing and selling of a controlled substance, as well as possession for methamphetamine. Both are being held in the Weakley County Jail without bond. Deputies said a third suspect who was not taken to jail because of a medical condition will also face charges.


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