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Jackson city councilman instrumental in accused man turning himself in

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RIDGELAND, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A Terry man involved in a shoot out with Ridgeland Police is scheduled to make his initial appearance this week.

His arrest in the case was a result of cooperation between the cities of Jackson and Ridgeland.

Corey Lamon Laird, 24, has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault on a police officer. Jackson City Councilman Tony Yarber was contacted by Laird after the incident. Yarber says he spoke with Jackson Police detectives and that led to Laird turning himself over to authorities.

"He panicked and that panic caused him to make series of bad choices and that lead up to yesterday and him turning himself in. He was extremely remorseful, extremely sorry about the acts and he was very concerned about the officers who were involved as well as the other party," Yarber said.

Police say a woman who was with Laird at the time of the shoot-out was wounded by a single gun shot to the shoulder. Laird dropped her off at CMMC.

Police responded to the Oakbrook Apartments on Old Canton Road in Ridgeland about 1 a.m.  Saturday morning. Authorities say Laird was driving wildly in the parking lot of the complex and tried to flee when he saw the police. Two officers tried to block his escape by positioning their vehicles at the entrance to the apartments. They say Laird rammed the cars, injuring one policeman and that's when the gunfire began.

The two police officers have been placed on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of the internal investigation.

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