Thursday, April 22, 2010
Man shot, killed near city square
By SUE WATSON
An argument outside Copper Kettle Monday afternoon ended with one man shot dead and the suspect in Marshall County Jail, according to chief Robert Pearson.
The victim, Charles Williamson, 27, and the suspect, Michael Newson, 25, both of Holly Springs, got into an argument in the parking lot on North Memphis Street as Williamson was leaving the restaurant and the suspect was entering, Pearson said.
Williamson died shortly after the approximate 2:30 p.m. shooting, according to authorities.
Bernita Fountain, a Marshall County deputy, was an eyewitness to the shooting. She was driving northbound on Memphis Street at the moment the shots were fired. She said she pursued Newson in his vehicle and assisted Holly Springs police officer Erik Knox in making the arrest of the suspect on Slayden Street in the Meadows subdivision.
Fountain said she heard shots fired and saw smoke coming from the gun when it was fired at Williamson. She continued to the parking lot at Annie’s Restaurant to turn around and, when she got back to the scene, Newson was fleeing in his vehicle down Park Avenue, she said.
Coming up Park Avenue in his patrol car was Knox, who passed Fountain and the suspect. Knox then turned and followed them into the Meadows where the suspect voluntarily surrendered after stopping his vehicle. Knox detained the suspect with Fountain assisting, she said.
“I just happened to be in the right place,” Fountain said. “The two men were standing in the parking lot close to the street outside Copper Kettle. He was shooting him right there. As I was passing by I heard shots and saw fire from the barrel. By the time I got turned around, the suspect was just leaving the scene. I heard three shots.”
The weapon was recovered by Kelly McMillen, an investigator with the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department, at the corner of West Boundary and West Valley. Witnesses saw the gun thrown out and pointed out the location to McMillen, who was following the pursuit, Fountain said.
McMillen said he heard the call come in over the scanner and assisted the city police department with the crime scene.
Chief Pearson said Newson is scheduled to be arraigned in court Thursday.
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