Monday, June 23, 2014

Robbery suspect lost 'bet' that victim didn't have a gun

Police in Jackson, Mississippi, are investigating a shooting that happened on Friday morning. The incident began at about 6:30am at the Motel 6 off Interstate 55 and ended at the Pines Apartments on Watkins Drive, police said.

Police say they received a call from Alton Lindsey, who said a man walked up to him while he was at his truck at the motel and asked for a cigarette. Lindsey told him he didn't have one, according to Jackson Police Department spokeswoman Colendula Green.

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"As the unknown male walked away, he turned around and pointed a weapon toward the complainant and advised the complainant that he bet he did not have that, which he was directing toward the weapon he was holding in his hand," Green said. At that point Lindsey pulled out his weapon and began firing shots.

"He pulled a gun on him and my boss pulled his little pistol out and I guess he shot him in the chest," said Lindsey's coworker, Christopher Atwood, who was also staying at the motel. The man then drove off and police caught up with him at the apartment complex, investigators said. The man, whose name has not been released, was taken to the University of Mississippi Medical Center, where police said he was being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

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