February 14, 2016 Clarksdale, Ms. Police have taken two persons into custody in the matter of the shooting of Corporal Derrick Couch. Clarksdale Mayor Bill Luckett stated that a 19 year old was taken into custody for the shooting of Cpl. Couch and that the teens father was the one who turned him in around 1:00 P.M. today. “I’m so proud of this man’s father for doing the right thing,” Luckett said. “That’s got to be tough to do, but it’s the right thing to do.”
The second person wanted in connection with the robbery of the store and shooting of the Officer was taken into custody about 4:15 P.M. today. Luckett said the suspects’ ages range from 19 to 21.
The Mayor stated that when the Officer was exiting his vehicle to investigate the robbery of the Corner Grocery store at the corner of Sunflower Avenue and Second Street he was shot in the eye by the suspect.
Although the Officer has undergone two surgeries and his eye has been removed the bullet is still lodged in his head. Clarksdale Mayor Luckett is asking for prayers for the officer.
“We can’t get the bullet out of his head–not a good thing,” Luckett said. “He’s on a ventilator I’m told, too. It doesn’t look good to me. That’s why I used that word earlier, a miracle. That’s what we need.” he was reported as saying to WMC News.
Couch’s father Alozo Hardiman was quoted as saying “I can’t fault him for doing what he loved,”We actually feel sorry for the guys that did it, the violence has got to stop somewhere.”
Multiple family members have been with Couch who has been listed as ‘critical condition’ although the Mayor had earlier stated that Couch had been stabilized.
Officers from different agencies have been passing through to show their support for Couch.
Earlier reporting of the incident from the WBL is here.