3 shootings, 1 deadly in Dyersburg

DYERSBURG, Tenn. (KBSI) – Dyersburg Police are investigating three separate shootings, one deadly.

On October 2, Dyersburg police responded to a report of a man shot on Roberts Avenue around 4:42 p.m. Officers found Keaston Akins, 26, of Dyersburg in a ditch. Akins had been shot. Officers attempted lifesaving measure on Akins waiting on EMS to arrive. He was taken to West Tennessee Healthcare where he was pronounced dead.

After trying to interview multiple witnesses with very little information offered, officers and detectives collected 19 shell casings from the scene.

Also on October 2 around 9:19 p.m., officers working an unrelated call hear as many as 12-15 shots fired in the west portion of Dyersburg. They responded to the area when calls for service started to come in that a person had been shot on Finley Street.

Officers found a 19-year-old Illinois man had been shot and rendered aid until EMS arrived on the scene. Officers were told that a second man who was on the scene suffered a gunshot wound and had already been taken by private vehicle to West Tennessee Healthcare. The second victim, a 19-year-old man, was shot on Finley Street.

Both victims told police they were outside of the home changing a flat tire when someone opened fire upon them. The vehicle was also struck multiple times. Both victims were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Around 12:30 a.m. on October 3, Dyersburg police responded to Ross Avenue in reference to multiple shots being fired. Witnesses reported that two vehicles were seen leaving the area that may have been involved. An officer responding to the scene attempted to stop a Dodge Durango that was seen leaving the area. The driver of the Durango evaded the officers stop and continued to travel west on East Court. The second vehicle that was seen leaving the area by witnesses was described as a black sedan.

Evidence collected on the scene indicate that one or both of the possible vehicles involved will have damage from the gunfire. No injuries or other property were reported damaged from the shooting. Officers collected 13 shell casings.

Police ask anyone with information to call 311, Dyer County Crime Stoppers at 285-TIPS, or the Criminal Investigation Division at 288-7679.

“Three separate shootings this weekend resulted in the loss of life, two young men shot, and the recovery of nearly 50 shell casings from the three crime scenes,” Dyersburg Police Chief Steve Isbell said in a statement to the public. “The loss of life is tragic, and the lack of cooperation from eyewitnesses is beyond reprehensible. A detective working the homicide scene was told point blank by individuals on the scene that they would not talk. One individual told the detective to do his “expletive job, I’m not telling you anything.” Unfortunately, we are hearing this far too often on crime scenes. I am pleading with our community to come forward if you witnessed the shooting, or have any information. Those individuals responsible for the violence in our community have no regard for life, and we as a community must work together to end this violence.”

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