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Police wound gunman in shootout

Police wound gunman in shootout

By: Magnolia Tribune - May 19, 2005

Police wound gunman in shootout

Sounds of gunfire Wednesday afternoon in a west Jackson neighborhood sent people scrambling indoors.

Willie McGregory, 22, fired 30 rounds during a gunfire exchange with police after he was stopped on a traffic violation in south Jackson, then led officers on a 10-mile chase that ended at a tire shop, said Jackson police spokesman Robert Graham.

“I heard a lot of shots,” said James Gilmore, who was at an apartment complex near O’Ferrell Avenue and Louisiana Avenue with a friend. “I lost count. We went inside. I saw him get dragged away by police. I hoped one didn’t come through the window.”

McGregory, of 303 Culbertson Ave., was shot in the abdomen, Graham said. McGregory shot the windows out of a police car and riddled another with eight bullets, Graham said. One officer suffered a minor injury, he said.

McGregory was treated and released from the University of Mississippi Medical Center and taken to the Hinds County Detention Center in Raymond. He is charged with five counts of aggravated assault on a police officer, records show. No bond has been set.

McGregory could face additional charges of destruction of city property for damage to the police cars, Graham said.

McGregory fired two guns – an SKS assault rifle and a 9mm – around 12:30 p.m. at O’Ferrell Avenue and West Capitol Street, Graham said.

The 9mm may be stolen because the serial number was filed off, Graham said. Both guns were recovered at the scene.

Around 12:15 p.m., Precinct 1 officer Billy Sanders stopped McGregory on a traffic violation at Cooper and Forest Hill roads in south Jackson, Graham said.

McGregory had outstanding warrants for a 2004 speeding ticket and a 2005 contempt of court charge, records show.

Clarion Ledger

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