Undercover operation takes wrong turn

Two DeSoto County men are charged after investigators say an undercover drug sting took a wrong turn on Tuesday.
Two DeSoto County men are charged after investigators say an undercover drug sting took a wrong turn on Tuesday.

(WMC-TV) - Two DeSoto County men are charged after investigators say an undercover drug sting took a wrong turn on Tuesday.

Undercover operations are typical, but rarely do they turn into armed robberies where shots are fired.

That is exactly what investigators say happened in Olive Branch Tuesday that turned a normally quiet street, into one covered with SWAT officers and squad cars.

"I heard two shots, they were big shots," said James Simmons.

Concerned Ross Road neighbors like Simmons and Mitchell Williams rushed to see what was going on.

"We thought it was a drive by at first," Williams said.

A spokesman for the DeSoto County Sheriff's Department said Princeton Morris tried to rob an undercover officer and two shots were fired, scrambling nearby deputies to the scene.

"We saw the SWAT car come down the street and the tactical van come down the street and found somebody was down in the house,"

Three males were detained, but authorities say a fourth man barricaded himself into a house, where he was eventually taken down by a K9 unit.

Martavious Johnson is charged with conspiracy to commit armed robbery.

The two others with Johnson and Morris were released after cooperating.

Residents said some of the young men live nearby or hang around the area, but if their business is criminal, neighbors want it out of their neighborhood.

"Our kids are our future," Williams continued. "We're going to have to work with them and make sure they don't do things like this right here and keep them active so their minds won't wander to do something they don't need to be doing."

According to the spokesman, no one was injured in the incident.

Additional details were not available due to the sensitivity of the undercover operation.

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