Manhunt underway after pregnant probation officer shot to death outside of her home – baby clinging to life

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CHICAGO, IL – An off duty Cook County Probation Officer, eight months pregnant with her third child, was shot to death outside of her South Side Home on October 13th

Chicago Police reported that they responded to the Jeffrey Manor neighborhood after receiving a ShotSpotter alert that three gunshots had been fired in the area just after midnight.  Sadly, upon their arrival, they located Officer Stacey Jones, unresponsive on the porch of East 95th Place. 

Jones, a mother of two and in her late stage of pregnancy, had two bullet wounds. 

A neighbor, Elliott Cobb said:

“They weren’t quick shots, we heard three measured shots, and whoever did it, wanted to do it.”

Another neighbor, Alan Jones, claimed he never heard any signs of any distress coming from Jones’ home, only the gun shots. 

He said:

“No screaming, no noise, just two shots.”

After Jones’ was located, she was rushed to the University of Chicago Hospital for medical treatment in critical condition.  Sadly, she was not able to be saved by doctors and was pronounced deceased.

Doctors were able to deliver the baby.  The baby is being held in the Comer Children’s Hospital, and is listed in critical condition.

The Chief Judge of the Cook County Circuit Court, Timothy Evans, noted that Jones had been an officer there for Adult probationers since April of 2019. 

He said:

“Our thoughts go out to her family, colleagues and friends at this difficult time.”

Claudia Martin started one of two GoFundMe pages for Jones’ family during this difficult time. 

On the page, Martin says:

“Stacey Jones was a loving mother of two children whose life was cut short by a senseless act of violence.  She was pregnant with her third child who was delivered and remains in the Comer Children’s Hospital in critical condition. 

“Stacey was a Cook County Adult Probation Officer who worked with offenders providing resources, monitoring and guidance in an effort to assist them in changing their lives.  This page has been set to help pay for funeral expenses, medical care for her newborn, as well as provide for her children’s education.”

A friend of Jones, Nicholas Minor, spoke about the tragic murder of his friend and coworker:

“This is truly, like, tragedy; just waking up to hear this news that your coworker that you see every single day is gone…I just saw her on Friday, and she was telling me how happy she was that she was about to have a baby…

“Stacy was a very perky person, you knw, always had a smile every morning coming to work.  Every day, every time I saw her she’d say, ‘Hi Nick!’”

Minor spoke about the loss of Stacy to her friends and her work in saying that Jones loved what she did, but her pride was her children.  He noted that not only did the murderer steal her life, but he or she robbed her children of a loving and proud mother. 

Another neighbor, Tracy Hancock, lost a niece to gun violence in 2012.  Learning of Jones’ death hit a nerve with her. 

She said:

“She [her niece] left four kids that we had to raise, and they’re still traumatized.  This touched me really bad, in my heart, in my stomach.  I couldn’t go back to sleep.  I heard it at 6 o’clock in this morning.  I’m praying for the baby, that the baby comes through.”

Chicago Police advised that Area Two detectives are currently assigned to the case, and they have yet to release any possible motive.  However, they did note that they discovered graffiti on the side of Jones’ apartment which had a negative racial term, however, they believe that it was placed there to distract them from their investigation.

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Officer down: Detective Tanisha Pughsley murdered during domestic violence incident

July 8, 2020

MONTGOMERY, AL – Montgomery Police responded to a gun shot wound on July 6th at approximately 2:15am to the 6700 block of Overview

Dr.  Upon their arrival, they located one of their own, Montgomery Police Detective Tanisha Pughsley. 

Unfortunately, Detective Pughsley, who was off duty, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Manhunt underway after pregnant probation officer shot to death outside of her home - baby clinging to life

Det. Pughsley’s ex-boyfriend, Brandon Deshawn Webster, 24, was not at the scene when officers responded. 

According to AL.com, the investigation was quickly able to identify him as the suspect for shooting and killing Pughsley and attempting to kill another male, Jeremy Terrell Walker.  

Walker’s relationship with Det. Pughsley or Webster are unknown at this time.

Webster was located by the US Marshalls  Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task force and taken into custody without incident.  He is currently being held without bond at the Montgomery County Detention Facility. 

Webster is facing charges for capital murder, capital murder during the course of a burglary.  He is also charged with attempted murder for firing at Walker, he has received a bond for $150,000 for that charge. 

Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed said in a statement:

“Our entire community today mouns the death of one of our own, Tanisha Pughsley.  Detective Pughsley answered the call to serve, defend and protect our city.  We stand today with her family, friends, colleagues and all who loved her, praying for comfort, peace and healing during this tragic time.” 

Mayor Reed ordered all flags within the city to be flown at half mast.  Mourning wreaths were also seen on the doors of the police department. 

Det. Pughsley had apparently been having issues with Webster since ending their relationship. 

Det .Pughsley had recently (May) filed for an injunction for protection against him after an incident where he struck her twice on her head while she was holding an infant.  The hits caused her to drop the infant, although it’s unknown if the child suffered any injuries. 

In her affidavit, Det. Pughsley wrote:

“His actions caused me to drop the infant.  Although Brandon has moved out of the residence, he continues to unexpectedly show up and physically assault me.  He sends threatening text messages and one he is blocked, he continues to call my phone private.” 

Det. Pughsley also requested that Webster be barred from possessing firearms.

The judge, Family Court Judge Bob Baily, granted the injunction, however, denied the request to force Webster to turn in any firearms or bar him from possessing them.  The order was supposed to be in effect until December of this year.

Det. Pughsley was a graduate from the Alabama State University where she earned her degree in Criminal Justice and had been a member of their bowling team.    

ASU President Quinton Ross issued a statement to the staff and students of the University:

“We offer our deepest condolences and prayers to her family and coworkers.” 

Det. Pughsley’s was first employed as an officer with the Montgomery Police Department in 2016.  Det. Pughsley worked hard and was able to attain a position as a detective, no small feat to accomplish within four years.  Det. Pughsley will be laid to rest today.

Domestic violence is a problem that has existed in the United States for many years.  On average, as many as twenty people per minute are abused by a domestic partner each minute according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.  According to the NCADV, a study found that 20% of victims who were killed in a domestic violence incident were bystanders or law enforcement who intervened or witnessed the incident. 

If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there are many avenues to explore in order to get help.  One way is to call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800 799-SAFE (7233).

Last month in Moody, Alabama, another officer was killed – who happened to be a writer for Law Enforcement Today and a personal friend of ours.

Two suspects have been officially charged in the murder of Sergeant Stephen Williams, who was reportedly gunned down on June 2nd at a Super 8 Motel in the city of Moody.

The announcement of charges was delivered by St. Clair County District Attorney Lyle Harmon on June 5th, stating that 27-year-old Tapero Corlene Johnson and 28-year-old Marquisha Annissa Tyson were both arrested and facing capital murder charges for the shooting of Sgt. Williams.

Not too many details on the shooting that occurred at roughly 9:30 p.m. at the Super 8 Motel located on Moody Parkway on June 2nd have been released thus far.

What’s currently known is that Sgt. Williams had apparently been responding to a 911 call that stemmed from the motel, but the details of what prompted that call have not been specified.

Furthermore, the events that led up to the gunfire between suspects and police have not been stated publicly either.

Amar Fouda was among the current tenants at that Super 8 Motel on the night of Sgt. Williams death. Fouda described the noise he heard in the room next to him when the chaos was unfolding:

“I heard like an AK-47.”

At the sound of said gunfire, Fouda said that he ran into the bathroom inside the motel room and sought cover inside the bathtub. When he could see the police vehicle lights emanating from outside his room, he checked the window to see what was happening:

“I saw one of the officers, he was down.”

In the wake of Sgt. Williams’ passing, Police Chief Thomas Hunt stated that he would be promoted to lieutenant posthumously. Chief Hunt remarked on when he first encountered Lt. Williams three years earlier, when fellow officers were urging the chief to welcome him into the MPD:

“Man, were they right. I couldn’t ask for a better supervisor, or an officer than Stephen Williams.”

The chief also added the loss that the department is dealing with, noting the kinship officers in the department had with Lt. Williams:

“Our officers are hurting. Our police department is hurting. We’ve lost a brother. We’ve lost a dear friend.”

The slain police sergeant was a father of three children and only 50-years-old at the time of his death. With a 23-year career in law enforcement, Lt. Williams was said to have served the Alabaster Police Department, Bessemer Police Department, and also the Moody Police Department.

The funeral arrangements for Sgt. Williams have already been established, and visitation is scheduled on June 7th from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Ridout’s Southern Heritage Funeral Home at 1011 Cahaba Valley Road in Pelham. The funeral itself will then be taking place on June 8th at 11:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Moody.

Both Johnson and Tyson are currently being held without bond at the St. Clair County Jail. 

 

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