Officer shot making arrest; suspect wanted in Fulton, too
Posted: Monday, September 27, 2010 9:03 pm
By: AP, staff reports
From AP, staff reports
JACKSON — Two West Tennessee police officers were being treated for injuries sustained in a shooting and fight as they attempted to arrest a burglary suspect, who was also wanted on charges in Fulton.
Jackson Police Chief Gill Kendrick said in a statement that officer Mark Headen was in good condition and stable after being shot in the left forearm early Sunday morning. Kendrick says doctors were treating officer Thomas Brea for an eye injury.
The two were injured while arresting 24-year-old Christopher Lance Osteen of Weakley County at a store at 2:50 a.m. Sunday. Kendrick says the officers responded to a burglary alarm at the Old Country Store on Casey Jones Lane and found Osteen.
Kendrick says the officers wrestled with Osteen, who fired one shot, striking 44-year-old Headen. A police news release indicated Brea, 25, was injured either by debris or a bullet fragment.
Osteen was treated at a hospital emergency room for minor facial injuries, according to Kendrick.
Jackson police said in a news release that Osteen has been charged with attempted murder, burglary, evading and resisting arrest, unlawful possession of a firearm and theft of property. They are also investigating to see whether Osteen is responsible for more than 15 burglaries at the Old Country Store in the last month, as well as additional burglaries in Jackson.
Fulton Police Chief Terry Powell told The Messenger that the Fulton Police Department has active warrants on Osteen and charges are pending, but Jackson police now have the warrants following Sunday’s incident there. He said the charges include receiving stolen property, persistent felony offender and theft by unlawful taking (auto).
Osteen apparently had been staying in Jackson for several weeks, according to the Jackson police news release.
Published in The Messenger 9.27.10