Man comes out of woods with bat and gun; shoots victim in both arms

30-year-old Demarceo Minnis was charged with aggravated assault after he attempted to beat a man with a baseball bat, but resorted to shooting him as he ran away.

On September 1st, Officers Miller and Collins arrived at Memphis Fire Station #37, 3950 Weaver Road, in response to an aggravated assault. They talked with Derrick Thomas and he told them that he had been shot at least once in each arm by the man with dreads that lives at the end of his street. Thomas was transported for medical support, and officers located Demarceo Minnis and took him into custody.

Demarceo Minnis (SCSO)
Demarceo Minnis (SCSO)

Witness Jasmine Carey told police that she was walking with Thomas when Minnis came out of the woods with a bat and swung on Thomas. Carey furthered her statement by saying Thomas started running away from Minnis, and Minnis shot him with a 9mm handgun. Minnis left after Thomas fell in the street, and Thomas was later driven to the fire department by an unknown person.

Ten spent 9mm casings were found at the intersection of Weaver Road and Eyers Road were Carey alleged the altercation occurred. Both Thomas and Carey positively identified Minnis out of a photo line-up. A warrant and search of Minnis’ house uncovered a 9mm Glock 19 with a round in the chamber and 12 in the magazine, along with other boxes of different ammunition types.

Demarceo Minnis was arrested and charged with aggravated assault. His bond was set at $50,000.

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