OLIVE BRANCH, Miss. (localmemphis.com) – A man is in custody after police say he set a Mississippi woman on fire, threatened to kill a child, then led police on a chase from Memphis back to Mississippi.
Investigators say the woman was set on fire in the same Olive Branch neighborhood where Tuesday morning’s police chase ended. It all started about 2:00 a.m. Tuesday in the 4600 block of Tacoma Place when police say a woman was doused with a flammable liquid then set on fire by her boyfriend.
Investigators say the man, identified as 42-year-old Jeremy Kent Manning, took off with the woman’s 3-year-old niece. The woman was taken to the hospital in critical condition with 2nd and 3rddegree burns.
According to MPD, Manning, who was driving a white Cadillac, pulled up to an officer in Hickory Hill saying he would kill the child if he couldn’t use a phone. As the officer was walking toward Manning’s car, he took off, leading MPD officers on an 11-mile chase.
Back in Olive Branch, investigators say Manning threw the child out of the car, then continued away from police, ignoring the officer’s efforts to get him to stop. They say Manning rammed two MPD police cruisers, injuring two officers. He was then arrested and taken into custody.
The 3-year-old girl was not injured and has since been reunited with her mother.
Police say Manning was taken to the hospital after telling officers he had ingested narcotics. The officers who were in the cars he rammed were taken to the hospital in non-critical condition.
Manning is charged with attempted murder, two counts of aggravated assault on a police officer, kidnapping, child endangerment, and arson. His bond was set at $1,305,000. His court date is pending the disposition of charges by the Memphis Police Department and extradition.