UPDATE: Suspect shoots officers, remains at large in massive Woodville manhunt – Mississippi’s Best Community Newspaper
NATCHEZ – A Woodville manhunt continues tonight for Jacory Carr, 24, wanted in the May 5 murder of a man in Centerville and the murder of a woman this morning in Woodville.
Woodville Police Chief Lemuel Rutledge said his officers were called to the scene of a shooting around 9 a.m. Tuesday morning on First West Street in Woodville.
“The woman who was shot said she was at home when Jacory Carr came in and asked for a place to hide. She refused, that’s when he came out and shot 15 gunfire in the house,” Rutledge said.
The woman was struck in the hip and airlifted to Our Lady of the Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge. She was treated and released today.
Rutledge said the woman had two children at home – a one-year-old and a kindergarten child – but neither was injured.
With the assistance of a number of law enforcement agencies, including the Natchez Police Department SWAT Team and the Adams County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Unit, forces of the order searched for Carr most of the day and night of Tuesday. However, he is still at large at the time of this report.
The manhunt team caught up with Carr at some point, but Carr was able to evade them. However, he fired shots at the officers, who returned fire.
During this exchange of gunfire, Rutledge was pierced in the armpits by a splinter of wood which flew away when he was hit by gunfire.
“It hit me in the area that my vest doesn’t cover, but I didn’t get hit by a bullet. Everyone freaked out for a while, but I’m fine,” Rutledge said.
Officers were able to obtain video footage of Carr’s escape, taken from a Woodville resident’s security cameras.
“He appears to be injured. We don’t know if he was shot when we returned fire, or if he was injured when he jumped into a stream,” Rutledge said. “He is heavily armed and dangerous. “
He said Carr, originally from New Orleans, moved to the Woodville area after Katrina. Rutledge said Carr was on foot and would still be in the area.
Any resident who sees Carr should immediately call 9-1-1 and not interact with Carr whenever possible, he said.
Centerville police were called to Pinetree Manor Apartments in that city on May 5, where 31-year-old Gerrit Decody was found dead. Carr is a suspect in this murder. Centerville police searched multiple locations in Woodville on Sunday looking for Carr.
Adams County Sheriff Travis Patten said Carr’s background was one of violence.
“The acts he is accused of committing are extreme in terms of violence. We have answered the call for help like everyone else has in hopes of trying to end this situation. Unfortunately, we couldn’t capture it,” Patten said.
Patten said the U.S. Marshal’s office would be called to support the search for Carr.
Rutledge said that in addition to the Natchez Police Department and the Adams County Sheriff’s Office, members of the Louisiana State Penitentiary to Angola’s Chase Team, as well as the Highway Patrol of the Mississippi, Mississippi Bureau of Investigations, Mississippi Department of Transportation Department of Public Safety, Mississippi Department of Corrections, Centerville Police Department, Wilkinson County Sheriff’s Office, and Narcotics Bureau of Mississippi assisted the Woodville Police Department.