Man Wanted For Oak Court Mall Shooting Turns Self In

(Memphis) A man wanted for a shooting at the Oak Court Mall has turned himself in to police.

Otis Reddic was on the run for nearly two months, but it wasn’t until Tuesday, his father called City Councilwoman Wanda Halbert and asked for help.

Police say on March 6, Reddic fired a gun several times in Oak Court Mall, and shot a 22-year-old man, Theodis Pitchford. Investigators believe it was gang related

Tuesday night, Halbert emailed MPD Director Toney Armstrong and said “I am personally asking you to meet me today at 11:15 a.m. at the Criminal Justice System on Poplar. Recognizing the seriousness of the situation, I know and respect you will ensure Mr. Reddic’s rights are not violated but that he will be given due process.”

Halbert arrived with Otis Reddic at the Criminal Justice Center Wednesday around 11:40 a.m.

“I apologize to the community for the situation that happened, but my life was in danger. I was threatened. I was threatened!” said Reddic, before Halbert told him to stop talking.

“As a mother, it is difficult to wrap my mind around the fact that so many young people are potentially involved in such unfortunate, tragic, and irresponsible acts, but I am proud of Mr. Reddic for stepping up and doing the right thing by turning himself in to face alleged charges,” said Halbert.

Family, friends, Reddic and his one-year-old stood outside CJC for nearly 20 minutes until police came down to arrest him.

The lead investigator said this is the first time he’s seen a city councilmember find a fugitive.

“That’s rare for me since I’ve been here that we’ve had them to call,” said Chief Deputy Berry Hill. “But it’s always a good day, when someone turns themselves in.”

Reddic spent the day being questioned by police. One mall shopper told WREG “I feel better, because I feel like the streets and mall will be safer.”

Reddic is facing one count of Criminal Attempt Felony t/w First Degree Murder and seven counts of Reckless Endangerment.

Halbert is running for Shelby County Criminal Court Clerk. Her opponent says this whole thing was a publicity stunt.

“The councilwoman has been using this today as an opportunity to get her face out and try to look better in the community supporting this family,” said Michael McCusker.

Halbert assures WREG this wasn’t a publicity stunt. She said she was shocked when she got the call.
She met Reddic’s father when she considered him for a home repair job.

Police couldn’t say if there would be more arrests or if they were looking for anyone else.

35 comments

      • Phil

        Another “Mall of Murder” situation. How bout you just go ahead and board the mall up? It’s too big for a tote the note car lot, or a pawn shop/payday lender place. Perhaps you could make it a juvenile jail? When you drive the taxpayers out of Memphis, this is what is left behind. Give ‘em credit. These are equal opportunity criminals. They’ll shoot a black man as quickly as any other race. It doesn’t take a village folks. It takes a father and a mother to raise a boy. The problem is a moral issue that few refuse to face.

      • Julius Jones

        “To be fair”, … George”???

        George, why do you suppose the only big box retailers left in the area are in extreme east Memphis and Shelby County, huh???

    • Harry

      Another black thug with a long rap sheet arrested for shooting someone. The thugs can have Oak Court Mall. I will NOT be going there.

  • evette

    How and why is Wanda involved in the surrender?
    Maybe I’m old fashioned, but you have a wanted person with you….and you send the police director an email to organize the surrender?

  • Bill

    I don’t want a Criminal Court Clerk who hangs out with Gang Bangers working for me. Do not elect this Gang Banger to office.

  • Tiffany

    That could be your son , grandson , brother ,nephew anyone in your family … The sad thing as people we forget that we all make mistakes ..and the courts system is so bad that she had to assist him in turning himself in because they wouldn’t have given him a chance of day!!! I’m praying for both family’s

    • Bill

      How many chances has he had? No ,this could’nt be anyone in my family, brother, nephew or grandson. They’re not like him. Now he, may be like you but not me. Furthermore, don’t blame it on the Courts, that’s what’s wrong with you people anyway. You don’t take responcibility for YOUR OWN actions.

    • Ernie

      A mistake is locking your keys in your car or forgetting to pay the light bill. Bringing a gun to a crowded mall and then shooting it is NOT a mistake – it’s a DECISION. And no, this could NEVER be my son, brother or any other relative because in MY family we teach our young to respect life, we are careful about who they hang out with & where they go and we would NEVER hide them out had they done something like this. As for that woman getting involved? It’s not because of the court system it’s because she has a personal connection to this family (great group she runs with – NOT) but mainly because she wanted the publicity. Plain and simple. Everyone knows that in Memphis if you don’t have connections to thugs – you don’t get elected.

      • Julius Jones

        Ernie, they just don’t see things as we do. The entire value system anc culture is different. There is no shame involved for getting caught for committing violent crimes. Heck, … there’s no shame for getting busted shoplifting.

        Totally different value system.

    • Julius Jones

      Tiffany say:

      – “That could be your son , grandson , brother ,nephew anyone in your family …

      – The sad thing as people we forget that we all make mistakes ..

      – and the courts system is so bad that she had to assist him in turning himself in because they wouldn’t have given him a chance of day!!!

      – I’m praying for both family’s”
      ——————————————–

      Not my family, no gang members, or shooters in my family, maybe yours.

      No one in my family, or circle of friends, has ever been involved in a violent crime, much less a shooting.

      You keep praying, Tifster, … in fact pray they lock these punks up for a good long time so they can’t shoot anyone else. They need to be kept away from decent folks now, … God can sort them out later and decide what he’s gonna do with them.

  • Bytemeagain

    Halbert went on to say, “As a mother, it is difficult to wrap my mind around the fact that so many young people are potentially involved in such unfortunate, tragic, and irresponsible acts, but I am proud of Mr. Reddic for stepping up and doing the right thing by turning himself in to face alleged charges.”

    Stepping up and doing the right thing? Yeah, AFTER THE FACT. Why can’t these s.o.bs “do the right thing” and not get involved with gangs, guns, and crime???

    No ma’am! I hope he and all the others get the maximum. He made bad choices. He chose to get involved with gangs. He chose to get a gun. He chose to shoot the gun. He should get the consequences that go along with making those bad choices.

    He turned himself in with the hope that they’ll go easier on him, which they probably will, unfortunately.

    For all of these folks who want to coddle criminals, step up and volunteer to post this criminal’s bond and bring him into YOUR household and help him.

    • langor1

      She’s proud of him for turning himself in, rather than being disgusted at him for the shooting. I can’t wait to retire… someplace other than here.

  • st2811

    I love how as Bill would say “you People” paint every minority with same brush. Every white person isn’t, Charles Manson, David Duke, or Donald Sterling. Every white person isn’t a meth-head. Please stop stereotyping people of color

    • Bill

      st2811,

      There are two classes of Black people, Black people and what you see in the photos. As well, there are two classes of White people, White people and Rednecks, and so on.

  • st2811

    As for the person who turned himself in, I hope he serves the maximum sentence allowed by law. The only way to clean up our streets.

  • Jeremy

    He felt threatened by his own kind? HAHAHAHA LOLOLOL I have some swamp land for sale in Arizona if anybody wants it.

  • White Lies

    Its truly unfortunate, Memphis pushes the closure of malls in the seedy parts of town these people come from because of activity like this only to let it spill over in the only nice white areas of the inner city. Oak Court used to be a nice quiet mall nice grandmothers and nice white family’s frequented, now its all thugs, misbehaved thugs in training, and baby factory hoochie mommas. Black People Have No Manners or Respect for ANYTHING.

    • LeShea Johnson

      I remember when Memphis was a beautiful city, now its all gangs and crime. It all starts at home, generations upon generations of young blacks will continue to follow the trend, evil doings are to hard for black community to resist. On the other side of the coin, Job Security for every aspect of the Justice system. This Hip Hop Thug culture shames African Americans everywhere.

  • Easydoesit

    ‘YOU PEOPLE’ should vote for David Duke. Thee is a black guy in Holly Springs named David Duke.

    • Johnny

      I assure you if this town was run by David Duke this city would be a better and safer place. Instead its ran by corrupt blacks as shown in the above story.

  • Bill

    Ok, Amy. if you want my vote back, file a charge against Wanda Halbert for harboring a crimnal. What di she, how long did she know it and why did it take her so long? As a pulic offical she failed us.

  • smith

    This is just to funny to be true, the guy needs to be hung, he’s stupid he could have killed an innocent by stander, he’s a savage and need to be treated like one, he does not need to walk in a civilized society.

  • Johnny

    This guy needs the maximum! He could have shot/killed anyone, AN INNOCENT CHILD, or innocent bystander. WHY IS A PUBLIC OFFICIAL STANDING UP FOR THIS GUTTER TRASH????

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