JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - A Clinton police officer and a woman were both shot in a domestic dispute in Clinton last night, and a man is charged in that crime.
Police say around 10:45 p.m. they were called a domestic violence situation at a local apartment complex.
In 911 calls, officers were told that 29-year-old Jonathan Minter was firing a gun inside his apartment, and as they headed to the scene, they were told Minter’s wife had been shot multiple times.
When they reached the scene, officers could hear the woman yelling for help, and the suspect barricaded the apartment with he and the woman as well as other family members inside.
Police broke down the door out of a need to get immediate medical assistance to the victim who had been shot.
“I have to tip my hat to my officers in this situation. We don’t have the luxury of waiting for help, we have to go in and help this woman in need,” Police Chief Ford Hayman said. “They breached the door to go in and help her, and immediately the officers took fire from the subject inside.”
That’s when the lieutenant was shot in the foot, Hayman said. Minter fled and jumped out of a second story window. He was immediately arrested without further injuries.
In situations where a suspect even points a gun at officers, at most departments around the country, officers are well within their bounds to shoot at the suspect. Mayor Phil Fisher said he’s proud that his officers took the suspect into custody safely.
“When it came to the point of arrest, they maintained their professional stature and made the arrest and there weren’t any excessive measures taken by the police,” he said. “We do a great deal of training... It becomes reflex to do the right thing, and that’s what happened here.”
Minter is in custody and will be charged with aggravated domestic violence and aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.
At this time, CPD will not release the name of the victim who is recovering at a local hospital, but she is in critical but stable condition. The Clinton Police lieutenant was taken to a local hospital and later released to recover at home.
Hayman said he’s especially proud of his officers for not balking at their job when Minter fired on them.
“They didn’t care about their safety. At the time of need they jumped in there and did what they had to do,” Hayman said.
Domestic violence calls are historically extremely dangerous for police and can be deadly.
“You’re going to assist people whether they want assistance or not at their worst time and their emotional state is through the roof,” Hayman said. “You never know what you’re going to encounter.”
Fisher said he also expects the judicial system to do its job.
“It’s bad to shoot anybody, but when you take a shot at a police officer, I’ll be interested and watching very closely the DA’s office and the judges as we go through this,” he said. “Whether he goes through these court opportunities, to make sure he doesn’t just get let out since that seems to happen a lot in Hinds County.”