May 15, 2021

Suspect shot by Jackson police after crime spree that includes fatal shooting

Therese Apel

According to Jackson Police Department, a man is in custody after a crime spree led to his being shot by police Friday night.

A release from JPD said there was a shooting that occurred earlier in the night. Jaden Hill, 19, allegedly fatally shot a man in the process of robbing three people.

Police said Hill then allegedly shot into an occupied car on Lynch Street near Ellis Avenue. A woman was hit in the ankle. Shortly afterward, another man was carjacked in the 1400 block of Ellis Avenue. Hill than allegedly fled the scene in the victim’s white Mercedes.

A witness said a man who was carjacked was forced to get on the ground where he was hit in the head with an assault rifle.

As police searched for the stolen vehicle taken in the carjacking, they located it on Cooper Road, officials said. When officers pulled into the Valero gas station at 905 Cooper Road, Hill allegedly opened fire on them.

JPD said he had several weapons.

Officers returned gun fire and Hill was shot, causing him to crash the car. None of the police were injured.

Hill was taken to a local hospital, where his condition has not been released.

Three years and a week ago, there was another officer-involved shooting at the very same Valero. Jackson Police Officer Michael Tarrio approached two suspects and as he was patting one down, they opened fire on him. Surveillance video of the scene shows Tarrio running from them to get behind his car to return fire.

One of the suspects was killed. An investigation showed that it wasn’t Tarrio who killed him, but instead a bullet from the other suspect, who was his brother.

EDITOR’S NOTE: As I finished typing up what we have on this story, I got a call about a heavy police presence near the UPS location on McDowell Road. That tracked with scanner traffic I was hearing. Witnesses say shots were fired there as well. 

Tonight’s events are an ongoing story. As we learn more, we will update.

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