HORN LAKE, Miss. (localmemphis.com) – UPDATED: A DeSoto County father is dead after police say Horn Lake Officers were forced to shoot him after the man shot his wife. His three children were all home at the time and their mother is fighting for her life.
“Daddy shot mama.” The county’s District Attorney said that was the call dispatchers received around 7:45 a.m. Tuesday. It came from a child.
Shortly after, police responded to a home in the 5600 block of Winterwood Drive in Horn Lake. The father was still inside along with his wounded wife.
“My step-dad saw the kids come outside. He was yelling at them to go to the cops that were up the street and I came to see what was going on. All the cops were surrounding the house and yelling for him to come outside,” said Kristopher Dexter, a neighbor.
Dexter lives across the street and watched everything from his front door.
“We watched him come outside with the gun. He walked around the yard for a little bit,” he said.
While the father was outside, authorities rushed in to get his wife out. The DA said, meanwhile, officers tried negotiating with the father to put the gun down.
“They were just telling him to think about his kids and that he was a father,” said Dexter. “Then, he went and sat on the corner and it all happened.”
The DA said the father made a motion, and police had to shoot. He died outside the home.
The DA said the wife was rushed to the hospital in extremely critical condition and had to undergo surgery.
“That’s terrible. I’m praying that they come through. I’m praying that she comes through and that she’s alright because it’s hard already losing one parent. But two at the same time, that’s hard,” said Joshua Cason, another neighbor.
At the time of the incident, many children in the neighborhood were making their way to their bus stop.
“All they know is the police told them to go back in because it’s not safe. They can’t catch the bus right now,” said Tisha Sykes, a neighbor. “This whole thing was shocking and hurting this morning. I mean for everyone in this neighborhood because we all pretty much know each other.”
Some neighbors said they have seen police called to the home before.
“Like years ago, he tried to hit her with the car in the carport. Then other than that, a few months ago, he got called for domestic violence,” said Dexter.
He said the couple used to visit his home, but that changed.
“We haven’t had a lot of contact because he was controlling,” said Dexter. “We always knew he was like that, but never knew he was like that.”
“I just didn’t think that that guy would do something like that. You know? You never know what a person got on his mind or in his heart,” said LC Morgan, another neighbor.
As of Tuesday afternoon, the woman is still listed in critical condition. The shooting is under investigation by the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation.