A Jackson man will serve 20 years in prison after pleading guilty Monday to charges in a 2012 domestic shooting inside Best Buy, according to a Monday evening news release from the Jackson Police Department.
Police said Will Lutter, 62, pleaded guilty and entered best interest pleas Monday to multiple charges in the Sep. 5, 2012, kidnapping and shooting of his then fiancée, Turkessa Brooks, at Best Buy, listed as store #853, located at 1170 Vann Drive. Lutter was sentenced to 20 years with no parole.
Lutter pleaded guilty to the attempted first-degree murder of Brooks and to possession of a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony. He was sentenced to 17 years on the attempted murder charge and three years on the possession of a firearm charge.
Police said Lutter entered a best interest plea to especially aggravated kidnapping for forcing Brooks from Best Buy after he had shot her and for pointing a gun at Christopher Vance, a Best Buy employee. Lutter was sentenced to 20 years on the kidnapping charge and six years on the assault charge.
Lutter also pled guilty to aggravated assault for pointing a gun at Brooks on the evening of Sept. 4, the night before the shooting, at her Walker Road apartment. Lutter was sentenced to six years on that assault charge.
Police said Lutter's total effective sentence for all charges is 20 years in prison with no parole. He is being held at the Madison County Jail, where he awaits his transfer to the Tennessee Department of Correction.
The investigation determined that on Sept. 5, 2012, Lutter went to Best Buy to confront Brooks about their relationship. Brooks was not a Best Buy employee, but she 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 her head.
Police said Brooks fell to the ground and Lutter shot her at least two more times. Vance, a Best Buy employee, heard the shots and came to help Brooks. As Vance approached Lutter, Lutter pointed the gun in Vance's direction. Vance was not injured in the incident.
At 10:45 a.m., the police department was called about the shooting inside Best Buy. 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 Lutter, who was walking across the parking lot. They identified him as the gunman who was inside Best Buy, police said. Lutter was pulling Brooks along with him. Lambert drew his gun and challenged Lutter. Lutter told Lambert to shoot as he turned Brooks loose.
Brooks then ran towards Lambert and he directed her to get behind him. An off-duty EMT identified himself and began rendering aid to Brooks, 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 Lutter. Lutter 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, parked his car to the rear of Lutter and pulled out his Taser. McMullen was able to get behind Lutter without him noticing, police said. As a 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 Lutter 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.
During her time of recovery, Brooks’ Facebook page was flooded with comments of prayers, well-wishes and support from her family, friends and people who were inside Best Buy when the shooting occurred.
If you are a victim of domestic violence, call 911 or the Jackson Police Department’s Violent Crimes Unit at 731-425-8400. To get help after the violence, call the Wo/Men’s Resource and Rape Assistance Program (WRAP) at 1-800-273-8712. or visit www.wraptn.org.