Shooting incident arrests identified

Southaven Police Monday morning identified two of the third suspects involved in a Saturday morning shooting incident.

David Leshun Atmore, age 19, is charged with contributing to the delinquency/neglect of a minor, disorderly conduct-failure to obey, multiple traffic offenses, domestic violence-disturbing the peace/family, destroying city property, fleeing law enforcement, possession of a stolen firearm.

The second person identified is Collin E. Phillips, age 20. Phillips is charged with contributing to the delinquency/neglect of a minor, possession of a stolen firearm.

The third person involved was an 11-year old juvenile and was cited with a juvenile summons for disorderly conduct-failure to obey, and released to a guardian on the scene.

Officers were called to a residence in the 600 block of Amber Lane, north of W.E. Ross Parkway, about 7 a.m. Saturday. They were responding to a domestic violence-related shooting that had happened inside a home.  

The suspects fled the residence in a vehicle as officers approached, heading toward Airways Blvd. and Church Road. In the pursuit that followed, the driver struck a Southaven Police squad car on Airways between Church and Nail roads and the suspect car was disabled by the collision. 

One suspect was immediately detained and taken into custody, but two others fled that scene on foot into a wooded area east of I-55. At least one of the fleeing suspects was seen armed with a handgun, police said.  

Police and deputies from the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Department set up a perimeter in the area north of Tanger Outlets. Southaven K-9 officers found and arrested the two suspects about 8:15 a.m.

Shots were fired but no injuries were reported, according to police and a stolen handgun was recovered from the suspect vehicle.  

A portion of Airways Blvd. was closed for a time while officers and deputies were looking for the suspects. 

Atmore is currently in the DeSoto County Adult Detention Center in Hernando with bond set at $250 each on the disorderly conduct charge, destroying city property, and contributing to the delinquency/neglect of a minor charge. He’s held without bond on the other charges Phillips was booked, but then bonded out on his charges later Saturday..

Both have court appearances scheduled for Thursday, March 2, at 9 a.m.    

The case remains under investigation.

David Leshun Atmore (Southaven Police Dept. photo)
Collin Phillips (Southaven Police Dept. photo)

Bob Bakken

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