Conflicting stories in Picayune police shooting

Zetrick Greer
Zetrick Greer

PICAYUNE, MS (WLOX) - There are two conflicting stories about an officer involved in a shooting in Picayune this week. Now authorities have a warrant out for 19-year-old Zetrick Greer.

That's the man who was shot by a Picayune police officer after police say he tried to run the officer over with his car.

But Greer and a witness say he never pointed his car at the officer and was only fleeing because he feared for his life.

It's a lot to sort out but WLOX talked with the suspect, the witness, and police.

Police say it all started when they received a call about a group of young men involved in a confrontation at a gas station on Memorial Boulevard Thursday. The caller said one of them had a gun.

"The officer responded to the scene. Once they arrived the officers observed three suspects getting into a gold Nissan. The officer advised them several times to exit the vehicle. They refused to do so," said Deputy Chief Chad Dorn.

"I didn't hear it. I didn't hear them tell me to stop or get out. I just seen guns drawn,"said Greer.

Police say Greer then began to back the car up. What happened next is why police say the officer opened fire.

"The driver then accelerated toward the officer at a high rate of speed with the intent to hit the officer. The officer then opened fire on them," explained Dorn.

Police say Greer then drove off a chase started and ended when Greer crashed the car into a telephone poll a few blocks away.

"I believe they were shooting to kill," said Greer.

Greer denies he was trying to run over the officers.

"They tried to say I had a gun. I didn't have a gun. I didn't have drugs. I didn't have a reason to run. I feared for my life that's the only reason I did flee the scene," Greer said.

He and a witness say, the way the bullets entered the car and the location of the gunshot wounds on Greer and his passenger will show the suspect was not driving toward the police when the officer began shooting.

Greer was shot twice in his arm and a passenger Marquise Spanks was hit twice in his back.

"He couldn't have been threatened by me. Because I had no type of weapon and I didn't try to hit him with the car because as I was backing up the car. Yes, he was in front of the car. He didn't get in front of the car he was straight on the side," explained Greer.

"They never got in the front of the car or the back of the car. They're saying that the guys tried to run over them that's a lie," said Jacqueline Simmons.

Simmons was there on Thursday night.

She says the bullets would have hit the front of the car if the driver was headed toward the officers.

"It was just boom, boom, boom. It was about 7 or 8 shots," explained Simmons.

Police said they couldn't comment on whether the front windshield of the car had bullet holes in it.

"I can't really get into the details of the investigation like I said, The Mississippi Bureau of Investigations has the vehicle they are processing the vehicle," said Dorn.

Both Greer and Spanks were treated at the hospital and released on Friday.

Saturday authorities issued a warrant for Greer's arrest on charges of attempted aggravated assault on a police officer with a deadly weapon, felony fleeing and resisting arrest.

The two passengers in the vehicle with Greer have not been charged with any crimes.

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