Jackson police have charged a Jackson man for shooting his fiancée inside Best Buy Tuesday morning, according to a news release from the Jackson Police Department.
Will Harry Lutter, 61, is scheduled to be arraigned at 8 a.m. Thursday in Jackson City Court on charges of attempted first-degree murder, aggravated domestic assault and especially aggravated kidnapping. He is also charged with aggravated assault for pointing a gun at a Best Buy employee.
His fiancée, Turkessa Brooks, 35, of Jackson, was shot multiple times, at least once in the head, the release said. She is alert and stable in the intensive care unit at the Regional Medical Center (The Med) in Memphis.
The investigation has shown that Lutter went to Best Buy, located at 1170 Vann Drive, to confront Brooks about their relationship. Brooks was not a Best Buy employee but was there working for a merchandising company that distributes products inside Best Buy. As Brooks tried to walk away from Lutter, he grabbed her by the shoulder and shot her in the back of the head. She fell to the ground and he shot her at least two more times, the release said.
Christopher Vance, a Best Buy employee, heard the shots and came to help. Vance approached Lutter, but as he did, Lutter pointed the gun in Vance’s direction, placing Vance in fear. Lutter was still armed with the gun as he left Best Buy with Brooks.
The release said at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, Jackson police were called about a shooting inside Best Buy, located at 1170 Vann Drive. Lt. John Lambert, who is in charge of training for the police department, was the first officer on the scene.
Witnesses directed Lambert’s attention to a man walking across the parking lot. They identified him as the gunman who was inside Best Buy, the release said. The man was pulling a woman along with him. Lambert drew his gun and challenged the man. The man told Lambert to shoot as he turned the woman loose.
The woman then ran towards Lambert and he directed her to get behind him. The woman had been shot by the man inside Best Buy. An off-duty EMT identified himself and began rendering aid to the woman who was bleeding from the head.
Another officer, Investigator Ashley McCullar, with the Criminal Investigation Division, arrived on the scene and McCullar and Lambert were both angled in front of the suspect. The suspect kept the gun pointed at his head and continuously asked the officers to shoot him.
Officer Ed McMullen, with the Patrol Division, arrived on the scene. He parked his car to the rear of the suspect and pulled out his Taser. McMullen was able to get behind the man without him noticing, the release said. As the crowd began to gather, Lambert gave McMullen an order to use his Taser to ensure the safety of the public and officers. The Taser was effective and the man went down. He was taken into custody and the gun was recovered.
Brooks was transported to the Jackson-Madison County General Hospital in critical condition and later airlifted to Regional Medical Center (The Med) in Memphis, where she was listed in serious condition Tuesday night.