By Associated Press - Monday, August 11, 2014

CANTON, Miss. (AP) - A woman shot in a domestic dispute Monday that led to a deadly officer-involved shooting has died, authorities said.

Melissa Primer, 29, and Torrez Harris, 52, were identified as the victims, the Madison County Coroner’s Office said.

WAPT-TV reports ( Primer was shot several times inside a car parked in the driveway of a home in Canton. Primer was pronounced dead at University of Mississippi Medical Center.

Witnesses said the shooting stemmed from an argument between Primer and her stepfather. Relatives said they don’t know what caused the fight or sparked the shooting.

“The next thing, he started to raise his arm, extended it and started shooting into the car, and I heard five shots,” said witness Maggie Anthony. There was a child that came out of the back seat on the driver’s side.”

The child was not hurt

Sheriff Randy Tucker said the suspect fled to a coin laundry about a block away, where he allegedly told customers to get out because police were coming and he was not going to jail.

“One of my officers, as well as a Canton officer, became involved in a chase of a suspect and cornered the suspect in the coin laundry,” Tucker said. “Officers tried to reason with the gentleman and get him to put his weapons down. He did not comply with those orders. He in turn raised his firearm at the officers, and unfortunately, the officers had to discharge their weapons and the suspect is deceased at this time.”

WLBT-TV reports ( the incident began just before 10 a.m. Monday.


Information from: WAPT-TV,

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