CLINTON, Miss.–Several law enforcement agencies teamed up to arrest a man who they say shot his girlfriend before barricading himself into a hotel room.
WJTV’s Lucy Dieckhaus takes us to the scene where the suspect surrendered voluntarily after police say the injured woman escaped.
Clinton police chief mike warren says this man 43-year-old Derrick Taylor barricaded himself into a Quality Inn & Suites hotel room after shooting his girlfriend Sunday morning.
She was taken to a local hospital.
Taylor was charged with aggravated domestic assault and could face other charges. He is currently in the Clinton jail.
“We’ll continue to investigate his background. Obviously there is an assault charge involved with this and whether or not he can legally possess a weapon we will look into that and whatever other history he may have,”” said Chief Warren.
Swat officers from Hinds County teamed up with Clinton police, and Taylor eventually came out voluntarily around 11:30 a.m.
“I am very pleased with how things went today with Jackson hinds and our combination with them. We have been training with them and going to responses with them for a better part of 2 years now, and it has become a really good partnership,” said Chief Warren.
Chief Warren says he believes the injured woman escaped the hotel room when Taylor wasn’t looking.
“an opportunity arose for the victim to get out of the room as soon as she cleared the room she was scooped up and she was given medical attention,” said Chief Warren.
Witnesses staying in the hotel say the building was evacuated, but that didn’t scare them off.
“We stayed here before and it is a good motel, and it’s the first time I’ve been I’m this situation,” said Edgar Gallus.
Officials say people were allowed to return as soon as the scene cleared.
“ They can go back to regular business as soon as we get him secured and away from the scene,” said Chief Warren.
At last check the woman was still in the hospital with an injury to her head area and her hand.
No one else was reported injured in the standoff.