Memphis man to girlfriend: “You don’t think I’ll shoot this gun?”

26-year-old Derrick Haywood was charged with aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, and felony possession of a handgun after opening fire on his girlfriend during a dispute in their apartment.

On June 17th, Officers Miller and Norfolk were dispatched to 4271 Graceland Dr regarding a reported aggravated assault. Upon arrival, law enforcement made contact with Shelbie Harris, who informed officers that herself and boyfriend Derrick Haywood had been involved in a verbal altercation. Haywood eventually aimed a handgun in the direction of Harris during the dispute and fired a shot inside the residence. According to the affidavit, Harris was placed in fear of her life but was not hurt. Following the shooting, Haywood fled the scene of the incident. Daijon Cooper, who was visiting the residence when Haywood initially shot at Harris, advised having heard the man say before opening fire “You don’t think I’ll shoot this gun?” Shortly after, Cooper claimed to have heard Haywood fire a shot inside the apartment.

Derrick Haywood (SCSO)
Derrick Haywood (SCSO)

Law enforcement returned to the residence later in the day and identified Haywood inside, proceeding to apprehend the man due to Harris and Cooper’s accounts. Officers were unable to locate the weapon inside the apartment but did notice two bullet holes in the bedroom where the alleged shooting occurred. Haywood later admitted to firing the weapon inside the home. Further investigation revealed that Haywood was a convicted felon. Haywood pleading guilty to two counts of aggravated assault in January 2016.

Derrick Haywood was arrested and charged with possession of a handgun while in the commission of a felony, reckless endangerment, and aggravated assault. His bond was set at $5,000.

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