Standoff ends with gunfire, Tunica County man shot - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Standoff ends with gunfire, Tunica County man shot

(Source: KFVS) (Source: KFVS)
James Wilkins Jr. (Source: Tunica County Sheriff's Office) James Wilkins Jr. (Source: Tunica County Sheriff's Office)

A stand-off ended in a hail of gunfire at a Missouri hotel as police shot a Mid-South man wanted in Tunica County.

James Wilkins Jr. is now in stable condition at a Missouri hospital. Over the weekend, police shot him in the chest after they say he pulled a gun on them.

Wilkins is known to his friends as 'Hot Rod.' He lived in Tunica County, but went on the run after deputies say he shot a man at a nearby nightclub in February.

Investigators searched several states trying to find Wilkins. Police eventually caught up with him at a Cape Girardeau, Missouri hotel.

WMC Action News 5 showed video of the standoff to Wilkins' cousin, Tommy Williams.

"When I watched the video, it shocked me and surprised--I'm still shaking," Williams said.

In the video you can hear police tell Wilkins to come out with his hands up. They repeatedly tell him to put the gun down, but he refuses.

Wilkins' neighbors say they hope this helps him turn over a new leaf.

"I hope this changes his life, man," Ray Ward said. " It ain't worth it--being out there like that."

Wilkins' family is now on the way to Missouri to see him. They're traveling with plenty of questions on their mind, after seeing what could have been the last few moments of Wilkins' life.

"The only thing I can tell him is that he should have put the gun down," Williams said.

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