Man steals gun from crime scene while police provide aid to shooting victim, sells gun for crack cocaine

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MEMPHIS, TN – According to police, while they were helping a victim in a fatal shooting at a gas station, a passerby stole the gun from the crime scene and sold it for drugs.

WREG reported that police arrived on scene at the store around 10 a.m. on October 15th and found a man who had been shot. Once on scene, officers provided aid to the victim before he was transported to a nearby hospital in critical condition. The victim later died.

Police said that when they reviewed security footage, they saw someone toss a silver handgun next to the store’s counter. As officers were aiding the victim, they said that a man, since identified as Joe Griggs, was caught on video as he picked up the gun, put it in his pocket, and proceeded to walk out of the store. 

Police were able to track down Griggs, who was a regular customer at the store. According to authorities, Griggs confessed and told them the gun was in his room. After a search was conducted, police said that the gun they found was not the same one used in the shooting.

Police said that later on, Griggs confessed to selling the gun to an unknown person for crack cocaine. Griggs has been charged with tampering with evidence, theft of property, and false property. 

According to reports, the Memphis Police Department (MPD) responded to seven shootings across the city in 24 hours. The first shooting happened October 20th around 5 p.m. near the Memphis International Airport. Police said that a man was found critically injured on the scene.

In another incident, between midnight and 3 a.m., on October 21st, two children and two adults were injured by shots fired. Both children were taken to a nearby hospital in non-critical condition. One adult was also listed in non-critical condition, however, the other adult was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

Then, at 9:42 a.m., on October 21st, MPD responded to a shooting in Frayser where the gunshot victim was taken to the hospital in critical condition. He later was pronounced dead. The last shooting happened in the 2500 block of Pershing near Summer Avenue around 10:05 a.m. One victim was taken to a nearby hospital in non-critical condition.

Two weeks prior to these shootings, an overnight shooting in Midtown left one man dead. The shooting incident took place on Court Avenue near North Bellevue Boulevard around 12:25 a.m. Police found the victim with a gunshot wound and was pronounced dead on the scene. 

Police are also seeking help in identifying a homicide suspect that is wanted for questioning in a deadly shooting that took place back on October 1st on Lamar Avenue. According to authorities, the suspect was last spotted leaving the scene in a silver four-door car. 

In another incident, a man has been charged in connection with the fatal shooting of a father by his three-year-old daughter in a car. Court documents show that Allante Jones, 26, has been charged with reckless homicide and unlawful possession of a weapon in the man’s death.

In the affidavit, police said that the man was driving a car with a woman in the front passenger seat and his daughter in the back seat when he stopped to pick up Jones to take him home. Allegedly, Jones climbed into the back seat next to the young girl. He then took out a handgun and put it down where the young girl could reach it.

She picked up the handgun and started playing with it before the gun discharged. The man was subsequently shot in the head and died at the scene. The affidavit also said that Jones was heard and seen on surveillance footage apologizing for his role in the victim’s death.

Police said that Jones did not have a permit to carry a gun. His court date is set for October 28th. 

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 MEMPHIS, TN – It’s a horribly disturbing case of child abuse… now the parents are under arrest.

A four-year-old boy died of a fentanyl overdose in a motel room in 2019.  His mother and father were recently arrested for giving him the lethal drug. 

Jon Allen and Kristen Raley were arrested earlier this week.  They were charged with first degree murder, aggravated child abuse and aggravated child abuse under the age of eight.

US Marshal, Tyreece Miller announced the arrests.  It is alleged that they gave the child fentanyl while in a motel room and caused his death.

Raley was arrested at a residence on the 1900 block of Hartland by investigators with the U.S. Marshal’s task force.  The Shelby County Fugitive Apprehension Team assisted.

Yesterday, Allen was found at a residence on the 2500 block of Horizen Lake Drive and taken into custody.

“The U.S. Marshals Service is glad to assist with fugitives that have arrest warrants for crimes that bring suffering or death to the most vulnerable victim, a child,” said U.S. Marshal Tyreece Miller to Fox13.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid, similar to morphine.  The National Insitute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) warns that it is 50-100 times more potent than morphine.  It’s only legal use is to treat severe pain or chronic pain in patients who have a high tolerance to other pain killers.

Information about why these parents gave their little boy fentanyl has not yet been released.

Fentanyl can be deadly even in the smallest of doses.  The parents of a two-year old little girl are facing criminal charges after she accidentally got into their stash and died of an overdose.  This was reported in the Denver Post in April of this year.

Fentanyl is highly toxic.  It can be absorbed into the body in a number of ways. 

Fentanyl can be used to contaminate food or water.  It can be released into the air as fine particles or as an aerosol spray.  And, if it’s released into the air it can contaminate agriculture.  It can be inhaled, eaten or absorbed through the skin.  This is all according to the CDC.

In 2018 the DEA issued a warning to Police and the Public indicating that carfentanil, commonly known as fentanyl is about 10,000 times more potent than morphine.

Part of the DEA warning reads:

“Exercise extreme caution. Only properly trained and outfitted law enforcement professionals should handle any substance suspected to contain fentanyl or a fentanyl-related compound. If encountered, contact the appropriate officials within your agency.”

It continues: 

“Seek IMMEDIATE medical attention. Carfentanil and other fentanyl-related substances can work very quickly, so in cases of suspected exposure, it is important to call EMS immediately. If inhaled, move the victim to fresh air. If ingested and the victim is conscious, wash out the victim’s eyes and mouth with cool water.”

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Police save the life of little girl, 7, after “worst child abuse case” that they’ve ever seen

VERNON PARISH, LA– Three people in Vernon Parish have been placed behind bars and a seven-year-old girl is being treated for injuries. 

Allen Clayton Fulks, 20 years old of Rosepine, Dakota Wayne Singletary, 22 years old of Lake Charles, and Stacy Lynn Tharpe, 29 years old of Rosepine are all being charged with second-degree cruelty to a juvenile.

Sheriff Sam Craft of the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office (VPSO) posted on Facebook about the case, saying:

“One of the worst, if not the worst case of child abuse that has occurred in Vernon Parish.”

According to brproud, Fulks and Singletary are being charged with severely beating the child and Tharp is being charged with witnessing them do it and then attempting to conceal the girls whereabouts by leaving her unattended. 

Detectives discovered the young girl and her deplorable condition through various incidents that led them to her, where they found her alive, but severely injured.

Here is what led them to her:

Just before 9:30 p.m. on July 6th, Rosepine Police Officer Robert Green and Louisiana State Trooper Peter Smith responded to a vehicle accident on Lockhart Cutoff Road in the Rosepine area. When they arrived, the officers found Singletary and Fulks inside the vehicle with minor injuries.

As both officers were investigating the scene, Tharp arrived with her children. Due to Rosepine being a pretty small town, Officer Green knew that Tharp was caring for an additional child, who was not with her.

Green questioned Tharp about the additional child and she indicated that the child’s mother had her. However, a witness at the scene advised the officers that the young girl was still in Tharp’s care.

Sheriff Sam Craft of the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office announces the July 7th arrests of Allen Clayton Fulks, age 20,of…

Posted by Vernon Parish Sheriff Dept on Wednesday, July 8, 2020

This prompted Officer Green and Trooper Smith to go over to Tharp’s home, where they found the young girl suffering from severe bruising and eyes practically swollen shut. The young girl was clearly suffering from an extensive beating. 

VSPO Detective David Vance was contacted. He responded to the scene and immediately began an investigation, learning that the young girl’s mom had left her in Tharp’s care back in February.  She has since not returned. 

The young girl was taken by ambulance to a local hospital where an examination showed “significant and acute bruising” over her entire body. 

The young girl said Singletary and Fulks had repeatedly beaten her with their fists and choked her until she lost consciousness and that her hair had been cut off.

Sheriff Craft said the little girl told the deputies:

“She was tired and couldn’t take the abuse any longer.”

After Singletary and Fulks were treated for their injuries from the car accident, they were taken to the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office where they were questioned by Detective Vance regarding the young girls injuries.

During the course of the conversation with Vance, both men admitted to abusing the child. 

Singletary and Fulks were arrested and each charged with three counts of second-degree cruelty to a juvenile. They are both being held at the Vernon Parish Jail on a $450,000 bond each set by District Judge Tony Bennett.

The day after, Vance conducted an interview with Tharp, who admitted to witnessing the child being abused. 

Since she failed to report the abuse and attempted to hide the child and left her home alone, Tharp was arrested and charged with one count of principal to second-degree cruelty to a juvenile. She is being held at the Vernon Parish jail on a $300,000 bond.

Detectives have not been able to locate the young girls mother that dropped her with Tharp months ago, but they were able to locate the biological father and are now working jointly with a social worker from the Department of Child and Family Services on the case. 

The young girl continues to undergo medical treatment for the multiple injuries she sustained. Sheriff Craft thanked Rosepine Police Department Officer Green, Louisiana State Trooper Peter Smith, and Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office Detective David Vance for their diligence and hard work in the rescue of this young girl.

According to the American Press, Sheriff Craft said:

“Investigators firmly believe this child would have become a tragic statistic if not for the efforts of these officers.”

 

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