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.


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