Clarksdale holds vigil for Cpl. Couch; 2 suspects go to court - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Clarksdale holds vigil for Cpl. Couch; 2 suspects go to court

Clarksdale suspects entering court. (Source: WMC Action News 5) Clarksdale suspects entering court. (Source: WMC Action News 5)
Corporal Derrick Couch (Source: Clarksdale Police Department) Corporal Derrick Couch (Source: Clarksdale Police Department)
Clarksdale citizens praying for Cpl. Couch. (Source: WMC Action News 5) Clarksdale citizens praying for Cpl. Couch. (Source: WMC Action News 5)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Clarksdale police officer Derrick Couch is recovering in the hospital after he was shot in the face February 13.

Thursday night, family and friends in Mississippi came together to pray for Corporal Couch.

The vigil started at 5:15 p.m. in front of Clarksdale City Hall. Several hundred people were in attendance.

The crowd prayed and celebrated Corporal Couch's recovery thus far. He's improving every day. He's responding to commands and is able to open his remaining eye (doctors had to remove one of his eyes because it was damaged in the shooting).

Mayor Bill Luckett told the crowd Couch was the first Clarksdale police officer shot in the line of duty since the 1950s.

"This is also for our police department in general, because they have been really rocked by this, as you can imagine," Mayor Luckett said. "They put their lives on the line just like he did. They're doing it still everyday."

"Any time someone gets shot like that, it's very important to the community. We just have to come together and solve the issues that we have here in Clarksdale," James Buckley said.

The two men accused of being involved in the crime went to court Thursday. 

Johnny Robinson Jr.,19, is charged with attempted murder and armed robbery. Leandrew Booker, 20, is charged with armed robbery. Both men are accused of robbing a Clarksdale gas station on February 13.

Police said both men left the gas station with about $1,500 in cash. After the robbery, Couch caught up with Robinson and tried to arrest him. He pointed a gun at Couch and shot him.

Thursday morning, Robinson and Booker walked into court shackled and wearing orange jail uniforms. 

During the hearing, investigators said Robinson's father turned him into police. Once in custody, Robinson told police Booker helped him rob the gas station.

Robinson is in jail on $750,000 bond. Booker is being held on a $275,000 bond.

Both men's cases will go to a grand jury in June 2016.

If you would like to donate to Corporal Couch, you can do so at any Regions Bank. Click here for more information

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