MS state police capture man wanted in mall shooting www.privateofficer.com
JACKSON, MS April 24 2012 - The man wanted for firing shots at a state trooper at a Jackson mall last Friday, is now in custody.
Jackson police confirm they have arrested 26 year-old Wilbert Coleman.
He was picked up on Bailey Avenue around 10 a.m. Monday.
Last Friday, a highway patrolman exchanged gunfire with Coleman in a Metrocenter parking lot, after the officer saw him attempt to rob an elderly woman.
Coleman fled in a green Buick, but jumped out on Highway 80 after getting a flat tire. He fled north and officers gave chase, but they were unable to find him.
No one was shot in the incident. 21 year-old Erica Johnson was a passenger in Coleman’s vehicle. She was arrested and charged with armed robbery
The Mississippi Highway Patrol and Jackson Police are investigating a shooting in the Metrocenter Mall parking lot.
It started when a trooper who just finished giving a drivers license test witnessed an attempted armed robbery of an elderly woman in the parking lot near Burlington Coat Factory.
Highway Patrol Spokesman Warren Strain says, “He went to investigate the commotion. At that point the male suspect pulled a weapon, the trooper fired a shot then the male suspect jumped in a vehicle.”
The suspect fled in a green Buick onto Highway 80, but got a flat tire just outside of the Metrocenter parking lot. From there he fled north on foot. Witnesses describe him as a black male, with red tint in his hair.
A female who was in the car with him was taken into custody.
“We recovered a weapon in the vehicle, were going to check it to determine if it was the weapon that was used,” said Deputy Chief Eric Walls of the Jackson Police Department.
Officers recovered a revolver, and are conducting a search for the man who fled.
Authorities say the black male was wearing a white muscle shirt and gray pants