Meridian Star

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April 26, 2014

Wooten had recent history of violence

MERIDIAN —     Here is a timeline of events that led up to the fatal shooting of Emmanuel Wooten Friday.


    April 15

    Late on that Tuesday night, authorities allege Wooten broke through the door of a woman's apartment in Marion and opened fire on the woman and her two children.

    One of the children sleeping on an air mattress on the floor of the converted old motel was struck in the side by a bullet. Wooten is then believed by law enforcement authorities to have stolen the women's purse and fled the scene.

    The little girl is recovering from the gunshot wound.

    April 23

    During a traffic stop, authorities said Wooten opened fire on Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department deputies and agents with the East Mississippi Drug Task Force.

    The incident, that took place around 6 p.m. on Lauderdale Toomsuba Road, reportedly resulted in Wooten being hit in the right shoulder by one of the deputy's bullets but he was still able to escape on foot into some nearby woods. None of the officers were injured by the gunfire.

    An intensive manhunt, assisted by officers from the Mississippi Highway Patrol and area volunteer fire department personnel, followed but Wooten was not located.

    April 24

    LCSD authorities were called to several locations to reports a suspicious black man was seen near where the shootout had occurred a day earlier.

    LCSD combed several wooded areas Thursday to try and apprehend Wooten but again they were unsuccessful.


    April 25

    • 9 a.m.

    Sheriff Billy Sollie said relatives of Wooten told authorities Wooten was in a home located at 1929 Eighth Avenue in Meridian with relatives and a girlfriend. Sollie said all LCSD personnel were notified, along with authorities with the Meridian Police Department, Meridian Fire Department, and the Mississippi Highway Patrol. By 9:30 a.m. the home was surrounded and a standoff began.

    • 10 a.m.

    Sollie said it was confirmed that Wooten was indeed inside the home. Three relatives were released with Wooten holding his girlfriend as a hostage inside the wood frame home. Those relatives who were released were immediately interviewed by LCSD authorities to get a layout of the home's floor plan in the event a forced entry had to be made.

    • 10:50 a.m.

    LCSD SWAT team members began moving toward the home where Wooten was holding his girlfriend. The team inched up to an adjacent home and staged there waiting for further orders. At this point there are approximately 40 officers from three agencies surrounding the small structure.

    • 10:56 a.m.

    LCSD Maj. John Calhoun, using a bullhorn, tries to talk Wooten out of the home, advising him to allow the woman to go free and come out with his empty hands over his head. Calhoun attempts to get a response for 15 minutes before stopping.

    • 11 a.m.

    A crowd of residents who live nearby swells to around 50 at the intersection of Eighth Avenue and 19th Street. A fire engine from the Meridian Fire Department is pulled across the intersection to be used as a barrier against possible stray bullets. Employees with the city of Meridian Public Works Department are called in to further cordon off the two block area for public safety.

    • 11:37 a.m.

    A hand held infrared monitor firefighters use to locate victims of structure fires in dark, smoky areas is brought in to help SWAT team members try to locate Wooten inside the home. The effort is abandoned a short time later for unspecified reasons.

    • 12:04 p.m.

    Members of the Meridian Police Department's SWAT team are called in to help bolster the manpower at the home. They move into position and await further orders.

    • 12:25 p.m.

    Wooten releases a woman who runs from the home with hands in the air and falls to the pavement of the street. She is quickly covered by LCSD SWAT team members who rush in with a riot shield to provide cover. She is first moved behind a vehicle directly in front, and across the street from the home where another deputy has been posted during the entire ordeal. The SWAT team members then rush up the street with the woman in tow to remove her completely from the danger zone. She is asked several quick questions about Wooten and then whisked away in an unmarked vehicle to receive medical treatment. The woman was not seriously injured during the incident.

    • 12:35 p.m.

    Based on the information gained from the woman hostage, SWAT team members were given the green light to proceed with their predetermined plan. A tear gas canister was thrown through a side window of a room Wooten was thought to be occupying. Wooten immediately shot twice through the window toward the SWAT team members who returned a short burst of gunfire.

    • 12:37 p.m.

    Tear gas begins to waft from the home. The officers all around the perimeter of the home and the SWAT team are on full alert.

    • 12:39 p.m.

    Wooten swings open the front door of the home and fires once at the deputy positioned behind the car directly across the street. He then runs from the doorway getting off two more shots before the six members of the LCSD SWAT team open fire. Wooten, dropping his handgun on the side of the street, stumbles a little further and then falls to the ground mortally wounded. About two dozen law enforcement personnel swarm the gun and Wooten to secure the scene as screams and cries from the crowd that had gathered at the intersection ring out.

    • 12:42 p.m.

    Paramedics from Metro Ambulance, who had been on the scene during the entire standoff, were called in to give emergency aid. Wooten is placed on a gurney and then loaded into a waiting ambulance. Wooten is then rushed to a waiting emergency room in Meridian for emergency surgery.

    • 12:45 p.m.

    Law enforcement personnel begin dispersing the crowd and further locking down the scene so members of the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation can begin collecting evidence.

    • 1:28 p.m.

    Wooten is pronounced dead at a Meridian hospital.

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