Family, neighbors talk about man charged in officer's shooting - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Family, neighbors talk about man charged in officer's shooting

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Daniel Jefferson, 29, is now officially charged shooting of OCU officer Robert Armour, who is recovering at home from a gunshot wound to the leg.

Jefferson's family and friends say he ran to his mom's house on Kirkwood Road after the shooting.

A man who didn't want to show his face for protection says he has known Jefferson for years.

"He put them on a high speed chase and came back and led over here. He ran up in his mom's house," said the neighbor. "Next thing I know, 20 police cars right behind him."

The witness says Jefferson got out on foot and started running along the side of his mom's house. He then heard one gunshot come from inside.

Neighbor Denver Brody says she is terrified about what happened.

"I was scared because I'm like, I've never been so close to see anything like this. I see it on TV, but actually right here," Brody said. "That's not a good feeling."

Suspect's criminal past

WMC Action News 5 uncovered Jefferson's rap sheet with law enforcement. This is not his first run-in with the law; he has been in trouble with police for 10 years.

"I just know him from walking up and down the street," said Brody. "I never spoken with him. He's just walking up the street all day long. "

Brody believes a lot of crime took place on corner where Jefferson frequently walked.

"Once you hit that corner, it's like anything goes. In here, majority of us are old. We watch out for each other," she said. "But for him to be right, so close! That's shocking!"

In 2012, Jefferson was charged with aggravated assault of a man.

In 2008, he was charged with a criminal attempted second-degree murder, for a fight that took place in font of his mom's house. According to the affidavit, he shot a man twice in the back during the fight.

Jefferson was charged with assault with bodily harm in 2007.

At the age of 19, in 2005, he received a charge of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

Suspect family's reaction

His arrest came as a surprise to some family members.

"He had turned his life completely round," said one of Jefferson's relatives. "We're very shocked and confused with this."

His relative, who does not want to be identified, says Jefferson had just finished barber school and was looking forward to that as a profession. They say he was building a new life.

"He has a new family, a new girlfriend with kids. He's been helping the children of his girlfriend trying to do the right thing to transform himself," said the relative.

Jefferson's family admits that he has a past and is a convicted felon, but they say he listens to Gospel music and reads The Bible.

"We want to send out prayers to the officer as well," said Jefferson's family member. "This is very unfortunate. They do their job to protect the citizens of Memphis and something like this happens."

Attempted first-degree murder charges were files against Jefferson late Thursday night.

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