The release said Jackson Police investigators presented charges against Will Lutter, 62, to the Madison County grand jury Monday.
Lutter was indicted for attempted first-degree murder, aggravated assault and especially aggravated kidnapping of 35-year-old Turkessa Brooks. He was also indicted for aggravated assault on a Best Buy employee.
The release said during the investigation, police uncovered another incident that occurred on the evening before the Sept. 5 Best Buy shooting. Around 5 p.m. on Sept. 4, Lutter pointed a gun at Brooks and her 12-year-old son at their apartment, located in the 700 block of Walker Road. The incident was not reported to the police at the time. Investigators presented those facts, and the grand jury additionally indicted Lutter for two counts of aggravated assault.
Lutter is being held at the Madison County Jail on $300,000 bond. His formal arraignment is scheduled for Monday, March 11 in Madison County Circuit Court.
The investigation has shown that Lutter went to Best Buy, located at 1170 Vann Drive, to confront Brooks about their relationship. Brooks was not a Best Buy employee but was there working for a merchandising company that distributes products inside Best Buy. As Brooks tried to walk away from Lutter, he grabbed her by the shoulder and shot her in the back of the head. She fell to the ground and he shot her at least two more times, the release said.
Christopher Vance, a Best Buy employee, heard the shots and came to help. Vance approached Lutter, but as he did, Lutter pointed the gun in Vance's direction, placing Vance in fear. Lutter was still armed with the gun as he left Best Buy with Brooks.
The release said at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, Jackson police were called about a shooting inside Best Buy, located at 1170 Vann Drive. Lt. John Lambert, who is in charge of training for the police department, was the first officer on the scene.
Witnesses directed Lambert's attention to a man walking across the parking lot. They identified him as the gunman who was inside Best Buy, the release said. The man was pulling a woman along with him. Lambert drew his gun and challenged the man. The man told Lambert to shoot as he turned the woman loose.
The woman then ran towards Lambert and he directed her to get behind him. The woman had been shot by the man inside Best Buy. An off-duty EMT identified himself and began rendering aid to the woman who was bleeding from the head.
Another officer, Investigator Ashley McCullar, with the Criminal Investigation Division, arrived on the scene and McCullar and Lambert were both angled in front of the suspect. The suspect kept the gun pointed at his head and continuously asked the officers to shoot him.
Officer Ed McMullen, with the Patrol Division, arrived on the scene. He parked his car to the rear of the suspect and pulled out his Taser. McMullen was able to get behind the man without him noticing, the release said. As the crowd began to gather, Lambert gave McMullen an order to use his Taser to ensure the safety of the public and officers. The Taser was effective and the man went down. He was taken into custody and the gun was recovered.
Brooks was transported to the Jackson-Madison County General Hospital in critical condition and later airlifted to Regional Medical Center (The Med) in Memphis, where she was listed in serious condition.She later recovered from her injuries and was discharged.