A traffic stop in southeastern Minnesota led to the arrest of three men, including two who were wanted in connection to an officer-involved shooting on Sunday, Jan. 26 in Mississippi.
According to Zumbrota Police Department, an officer made a traffic stop on Hwy. 52 around 5 a.m. Monday, Jan. 27, and quickly learned that the driver and three passengers in the vehicle had been on the road 20 hours straight, traveling from Mississippi to Brooklyn Park, Minnesota.
The police officer used probable cause to search the vehicle and found marijuana and two handguns, with none of the men in the car carrying a gun permit. One man was let go while three others were arrested and booked into the Goodhue County Jail in Red Wing.
A day after their arrest, Minnesota law enforcement was notified by the Tunica County Sheriff's Office from Mississippi that two of the men were wanted in connection to a shooting that happened at a Valero gas station in Tunica, MS.
The third person arrested in Minnesota was identified as a Brooklyn Park man who was arrested for a small possession of marijuana and possession of a pistol without a permit to carry. He has not been linked to the shooting in Mississippi.
The shooting in Mississippi
The two men arrested in Minnesota who are linked to the shooting were identified as Jernard S. Black and Martrevious D. Sanders, both of Tunica, who were considered armed and dangerous fugitives.
The shooting happened around 2:30 a.m. Sunday, with a Tunica police officer being confronted by two people running towards his patrol vehicle as he approached the scene. One of them brandished a gun towards the officer, prompting the officer to shoot and strike the suspect.
Inside the gas station was a 21-year-old victim who had been shot several times. He was transported to a hospital in Memphis, Tennessee for treatment and his current condition is unknown.
According to the Tunica County Sheriff's Office, Black was wanted for armed robbery and attempted murder, while Sanders was wanted for aggravated assault.
A third person allegedly involved in the shooting is in custody in Mississippi.