SOUTHAVEN, MISS (localmemphis.com) - Authorities identified the suspect killed after shooting two DeSoto County deputies Wednesday night as Kevin Darnell Washington, 54. DeSoto County Sheriff Bill Rasco identified the two deputies shot as Patrol Sgt. Hunter Garrett and K9 Officer Lee Hutchins.
Memphis police say Washington was driving a Ford Escape stolen in a carjacking at Ardent Studios in midtown last Friday.
Garrett was shot in the foot and released early Thursday morning. Hutchins underwent surgery Wednesday night and remains in the hospital.
Washington died after being shot by deputies.
Investigators say during the carjacking about 1:40 a.m. the morning of January 20, 2017, the carjacking suspect forced a man into his car, demanded money, then had him drive around. During the carjacking and kidnapping, the victim said the carjacker asked him if his parents had money for a ransom, and how many people were at Ardent because he may go back and take people hostage. Eventually, the carjacker forced the man out of the car and took off with it. The victim was not hurt.
Investigators say Washington was driving that vehicle stolen from Ardent when he robbed a delivery driver in Colonial Hills, then a McDonalds and Home Depot in Horn Lake.
Just after 9:00 p.m. in the Kroger parking on Stateline Road in Southaven, Patrol Sgt. Garrett spotted the robbery suspect's car. He, along with K-9 Deputy Hutchens and several other DeSoto County deputies tried to stop the suspect. Investigators say there was a short foot chase, and a gun battle, which ended with Garrett and Hutchens injured, and Washington dead.
From DeSoto County Sheriff's Department:
K-9 Deputy Brandon Hutchens, an 11 1/2 year veteran officer 8 ½ with the Desoto County Sheriff’s Department, was struck in the chest by one round that entered in the seam of his body armor. Deputy Hutchens is still in Regional One Medical Center at this time listed as critical but stable.
Sergeant Hunter Garrett, a 7 ½ year veteran 6 1/2 with the Desoto County Sheriff’s Department, was struck by one round in his left foot. He has been treated at Regional One Medical Center and since released.
The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is also investigating Wednesday night's shooting.
Authorities say Kevin Darnell Washington has nine aliases. His criminal history includes:
- 1980 - Burglary & Larceny
- 1983 - Larceny
- 1985 - Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance
- 1985 - Armed Robbery & Kidnapping
- 1990 - Armed Robbery
- 2011 - Robbery out of Florida
All of his charges/convictions are out of TN & FL.
Watch Thursday afternoon's full news conference HERE.
JACKSON (January 26, 2017) – DeSoto Senators David Parker, Kevin Blackwell and Chris Massey issued this joint statement today:
The attempted deadly assault on two DeSoto County Sheriff deputies last night illustrates again the sacrifice law enforcement officers make every day to protect our citizens and communities. We pray for a full recovery of both deputies, and pray comfort for their families and the DeSoto Sheriff’s office.
Every day, law enforcement on the city, county and state level stand between us and danger. When criminals attempt to kill them, it is an offense worthy of stronger punishment. The DeSoto delegation “backs the badge” and sends a clear message that we will not tolerate such attacks.
This morning the Senate passed SB2469 to provide further protection to law enforcement by making any crime committed against them or other first responders, because of their service, a hate crime under state law. We expect this or similar legislation to pass the House as well with overwhelming support.
We thank law enforcement for their work. While we hope we won’t see any more assaults on law enforcement officers, those wearing the badge know it can happen anytime as they do their jobs to keep us safe every day. We’re proud and grateful for their service.
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