The Tunica County Sheriff’s Department is seeking the last of three suspects allegedly involved in a shooting incident at a Valero store near Tunica, Sunday morning where an officer returned fire and wounded a suspect.
Jimmy Dotson, identified as the driver of the grey Toyota Camry allegedly involved in the incident, is still at large. Dotson is wanted for accessory after the fact. The Tunica County Sheriff's Office asks anyone with information pertaining to his whereabouts to please contact them at 662-363-1411 or Crime Stoppers at 662-910-0400. Call to Crime Stoppers can result in a reward and – as always – all calls remain anonymous.
The shooting occurred about 2:30 a.m., Jan. 26, in the area of Valero, located at 1433 Hwy. near Tunica.
Authorities received information, via radio, advising of shots fired in the area Valero and seconds later, the Tunica County Sheriff's Office, Communications Center, received an E-911 call pertaining to this shooting.
Dispatchers relayed this information to the Town of Tunica Police Department Officers and Sheriff's Office Deputies.
A Town of Tunica Police Officer, while on routine patrol, heard what he believed to be gunshots coming from the area of Delta Street and U.S. Highway 61 and turned onto Delta Avenue, in route to Valero. According to a Tunica County Sheriff’s press release the officer was confronted by two individuals running toward his patrol unit and one of these individuals brandished a firearm toward the officer and was shot once by the officer.
On arrival at Valero, deputies located one individual inside the business that had been shot several times. Tyrone Williams, 21, of Tunica was treated on the scene for his injury and later transported by Pafford Ambulance Service to Region One in Memphis.
At this time authorities have arrested the following individuals:
Eric Brandon, Jr. wanted for accessory, remains in custody with the Tunica County Sheriff’s Office. He appeared before a circuit court judge on Wednesday, Jan. 29, and was denied bond. This was due to currently being out on bond for a crime commissioned prior to his alleged involvement in the Valero incident.
Jernard Black and Martrevious Sanders, were arrested near Zumbroto, Minn., southeast of Minneapolis, on Jan. 27 follwoing a routine traffic stop at about 5 a.m. During this stop two handguns were recovered.
Black, wanted for armed robbery and attempted murder in connection to the Valero incident, remains in custody at Goodhue County Jail in Red Wing, Minn. Black is also being held pending charges on a DeSoto County warrant.
Sanders, wanted for aggravated assault in connection to the Valero incident, also remains in custody at Goodhue County Jail.
Local charges have been dropped by Minnesota authorities and Black and Sanders are awaiting extradition.
Tunica County Sheriff’s Office and the Goodhue County Sheriff’s Office are working with other federal agencies on the investigation of the firearms recovered in that traffic stop.
At the request of Tunica Mayor and Chief of Police, the Tunica County Sheriff's Office will conduct the investigation of the shooting of the individual, at Valero and the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations will conduct the investigation of the officer involved shooting, that occurred on Delta Street.
The name and condition of the officer involved in the incident that occurred on Delta Street, in the Town of Tunica, is not being released by the Tunica County Sheriff's Office, due to the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations being the primary investigating agency on this case.
The Tunica County Sheriff, K. C. Hamp, Sr., ask anyone with information pertaining to this incident please contact the Investigation Division, Major Jones or Captain Logan, at 662-363-1411 or if you wish to remain anonymous, you may contact the Tunica County Crime Stoppers at 662-910-0400.Any information leading to an arrest can pay up to $1,000.