Tuesday, 04 December 2018 13:35

Gunman Wounded by Police Pleads Guilty

Dec. 4, 2018 – A 22-year-old man who was wounded by police while running with a loaded pistol last year in Frayser pled guilty Tuesday to reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon and other charges, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.
Davonte Weatherford, who is free on bond, also pled guilty to misdemeanor counts of theft of property under $1,000, unlawful possession of a weapon, and evading arrest. He will be sentenced in January by Criminal Court Judge John Campbell who approved the settlement.
The incident occurred on Sept. 8, 2017, in the 2600 block of Frayser Blvd. where police responded to an armed party call involving a group of men arguing outside of a store. When officers arrived, the men began running through the parking lot to escape.
Weatherford was shot as he ran near officers while carrying a loaded pistol and ignored warnings to stop, investigators said. He was shot one time in the back, but has recovered from his wound.
The pistol Weatherford was carrying was reported stolen on Oct. 28, 2015, from a man in Walls, Miss.
The case was handled by Kirby May, chief prosecutor of the DA’s Community Prosecution Unit in Criminal Court Division 6 which handles all felony cases out of the Raleigh-Frayser area’s Old Allen Precinct.