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Crime Stoppers tip leads police to attempted murder suspect in Brownsville

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The suspect in the attempted murder of a Dyersburg man last week is behind bars in the Dyer County Jail awaiting his arraignment.

Christopher Liggons, 19, (listed as homeless), was apprehended in Brownsville, Tenn. on Tuesday after Crime Stoppers of Dyer County received a tip that he was at a relative's house there.

Dyersburg Police Lt. Billy Williams stated after they received the tip, a photo and an arrest warrant were faxed to officers with the Brownsville Police Dept. They went to the reported residence and Liggons was taken into custody around 2 p.m. without incident. He was then transported to Dyer County where he is being held without bond until his appearance before Dyersburg City Court Judge Dean Dedmon.

Liggons allegedly shot Dyersburg resident Richard Mays on Wednesday evening, Nov. 21, as he was walking down Lee Street. Mays was later airlifted to the Med in Memphis where he was treated for a gunshot wound and was released the next day. Liggons reportedly fled the scene after the shooting and went into hiding. Police released Liggons' driver's license photo to the State Gazette on Monday in hopes someone would recognize him and report his whereabouts to police.

Williams said Liggons' capture was the result of multiple law enforcement agencies working together and help from the public.

"Somebody must have seen his photo in the paper and called in," said Williams.

He also extended his thanks to the departments for their assistance in the investigation.

"I was like to commend the Brownsville Police Department for assisting with the apprehension of Liggons and a special thank you to the Dyer County Sheriff's Office for assisting in the investigation," said Williams.

Liggons is scheduled to appear in Dyersburg City Court on Friday.

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this is funny! first, the s g ran two stories on this incident--neither one made mention of just who the victim was. now, they quote the police that "somebody must have seen his photo in the paper and called in'. the police (lt. williams) thanked multiple law enforcement agencies working together and the public, but doesn't say a word of thanks to the s g for not releasing the name of the victim, nor running the picture of the alleged shooter. that's the thanks they get for being a police 'ink-blotting' news organization.

-- Posted by closerlook on Wed, Nov 28, 2012, at 1:57 PM

This is wonderful news! Another "homeless" person has found a new home with three square meals a day, free medical treatment and cable TV, library & internet use. Must be that Hope & Change coming to America!

-- Posted by Dude2010 on Wed, Nov 28, 2012, at 2:54 PM

They will probably text the people who post these comments next time for advice. My one and only response ever on here, not because I don't care about the situation but because does the comments ever really make change, or are they just a representation of somebody with nothing else to do..with no reults except posting a comment.

-- Posted by Jimmie G. on Wed, Nov 28, 2012, at 8:08 PM

I am with Jimmie G

-- Posted by seahawk1 on Thu, Nov 29, 2012, at 12:56 AM

i worked at the sheriffs dept. and there is no cable t.v or internet.... Wonder where people gets that from?..

-- Posted by DMASE on Thu, Nov 29, 2012, at 11:11 AM

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