Officers from the patrol division, street crimes unit, and narcotics unit saturated the areas affected by the shootings over the weekend. Additional personnel were assigned to the special detail, which resulted in multiple arrests and the recovery of several weapons and drugs.
Officers responding to a tip, located two loaded handguns hidden in some brush behind Panama Grocery, located on Roberts Street. One of the handguns had a high-capacity ammo clip, and both guns were loaded.
Robert McElmurry, 28, 450 Elementary School Road, Halls, Tenn., was arrested after officers stopped the vehicle he was driving for window-tint violation on Central Street. McElmurry was found to be on parole through the state of Tennessee, and a search of his person resulted in officers finding suspected marijuana.
McElmurry's passenger, Donald Wesley Jr., 31, 802 Woods Ave., Dyersburg, Tenn., was found to be wanted through Dyer County Circuit Court for a capias for the sale of cocaine. Officers located a loaded 9mm handgun and extra ammunition in Wesley's possession. The handgun's serial numbers had also reportedly been altered. In addition to the capias for sale of cocaine, Wesley was charged with felon in possession of a firearm, and alteration of serial numbers. Wesley has an extensive criminal history and has been booked into the Dyer County Jail over 10 times on charges such as: assault on an officer, evading arrest, possession of Schedule II and Schedule VI controlled substances, criminal impersonation, violation of probation, and simple possession. Court records in Obion County Circuit Court also show Wesley entered a best interest guilty plea to the charge of criminal attempt to commit 2nd degree murder on Jan 11, 2002.
In a separate traffic stop, Xavier Bradley, 198, 211 Jordan, Dyersburg, Tenn., was charged with possession of marijuana after officers stopped a vehicle he was traveling in for window-tint violation on South Main and Cedar Street. Bradley was found to be in possession of suspected marijuana. He is being held in the Dyer County Law Enforcement Complex pending a court appearance in Dyersburg City Court Tuesday, May 14, at 4 p.m.
Justin Kincaid, 23, 727 Central St., Dyersburg, Tenn., was cited to Dyersburg City Court for possession of drug paraphernalia. Officers observed him walking down Finley Street and he stopped in front of a residence where several people were gathered. Officers then reportedly observed Kincaid place an object on a vehicle, which was found to be drug paraphernalia.
Aaron Johnston, 26, 1104 Tucker St., Dyersburg, Tenn., was arrested for public intoxication after officers observed him staggering down Finley Street. Johnston was transported to the Dyer County Law Enforcement Complex.
Tarnell Hunt, 23, 120 Harton Ave., Dyersburg, Tenn., was taken into custody after officers stopped a vehicle that Hunt was a passenger in on Roberts Street. Warrant checks on Hunt revealed that he was wanted through Dyersburg City Court for violation of probation, and failure to appear. Hunt is being held in the Dyer County Law Enforcement Complex pending his court appearance Tuesday, May 14, at 4 p.m.
At approximately 10:25 p.m. on Monday, officers were dispatched to Reynolds Street in reference to shots fired. Upon arrival, they found multiple shell casings in the roadway and bullet holes in a residence and a parked vehicle. No injuries were reported. The shooting is believed to be connected to the other weekend shootings that police are investigating.
Also, on Monday morning, the DPD narcotics unit assisted the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, and the US Marshals Service with the arrest of Melvin Russell, 28, 1020 Barney, Dyersburg, Tenn. Russell was wanted on a parole warrant and he was taken into custody at 1970 Peach Ave., Apartment I-6, in Dyersburg. Officers seized $1,035 in cash and his cell phone.