Jackson police investigate apparent murder, attempted suicide

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JACKSON, Tenn. — Jackson police are investigating what appears to be a domestic violence-related murder and attempted suicide, according to the department. Officers responded around 10 p.m. Monday to a shooting at a residence on James Street, according to a release from Jackson police. Terris Young lives across the street from the shooting. “It brought the whole neighborhood outside,” he said. There officers found a woman dead from a gunshot wound and an older man suffering from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. “It did surprise me, especially being a couple houses down,” Nefthali Bryant said. Police later identified the woman as 26-year-old Mikkel Joy. The man has been identified as Ernest Emerson, 64. Police believe Emerson shot the woman and then himself. Residents said James street is normally very quiet and Emerson is a good neighbor. “Every morning he’d come out of the house and wave hi,” Genice Blunt said. Joy and Emerson both lived at the residence where the shooting occurred, according to police. Emerson was transported by ambulance to Jackson-Madison County General Hospital. Police are still investigating.

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