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‘I’m glad she’s not dead because she could’ve been’: JPD shoots at woman holding toy gun outside motel

Published: Feb. 8, 2022 at 1:34 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 8, 2022 at 3:12 PM CST
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JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - A woman was shot at by Jackson police officers during a standoff Tuesday afternoon.

The woman was outside the Super 8 Motel on I-55 Frontage Road between County Line Road and Adkins Boulevard.

She appeared to be armed with a gun. WLBT crews heard officers yell at her to put the gun down, but she did not oblige.

JPD spokesman Sam Brown later said the 41-year-old woman was holding a toy gun.

After a brief standoff, an officer fired two shots but missed both.

Witnesses say the situation could’ve been a whole lot worse.

A guest at the hotel, Summer Thompson, saw the whole situation unfold and described how she was feeling in the moment.

“It was just a rush, like ‘Dang, I hope she drops the gun. I don’t want to see anything happen to her,’” Thompson said. “I just hope we can get the crime rate down because Jackson is getting a little out of hand.”

A security guard at the clinic next door, Valerie Berry, also witnessed the shooting.

“I’m glad she’s not dead because she could’ve been,” Berry said.

She said guns - fake and real - are putting a lot of people across the city in dangerous positions, and it’s all due to a lack of gun safety.

“Too many people have these weapons and don’t know what these weapons are for and are not trained with them. It will cause you to have a situation like that,” Berry said. “There’s a lot of mental stuff going on because of this pandemic, but we’ve got to turn to God and realize that this is not the way. We’ve got to stop with these guns.”

She adds that she’d like to see more people in the Capital City resolve their issues with words instead of weapons.

“Some of those officers are parents, and it’s just like their kid. If something is going on, they don’t want anything to happen to the kid,” she said. “They pull up on the scene, and people are telling the kid to put the gun down. That’s what we want to do. Talk it through, and let’s see what we can solve before someone gets hurt.”

Brown said police were initially responding to a disturbance call. He added that the woman involved was taken to the hospital for a mental evaluation.

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