Suspect in custody in taxi driver shooting, neighbor describes encounter with him

SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. — A suspect is in custody after a taxi driver was shot overnight in north Shelby County.

Now authorities are working to piece together the case.

It happened just after midnight Tuesday near the intersection of Armour Road and Mudville Road near the Rosemark community.

The man was found in the middle of the road by a passerby, Shelby County Sheriff's spokesman Earle Farrell said. He'd been shot at least five times.

"That's unbelievable," neighbor Floyd Haley said. Haley saw the blue glow of lights from his home as deputies inspected the cab.

He says he is left confused by the crime that happened in the rural Rosemark community.

"I said, 'what in the world is someone shooting a cab driver for?' He's trying to get you where you're going. I don't understand why someone would be shooting a cab driver to start with," said Haley.

Jenelle Scott said she was enjoying Christmas with her family when it was interrupted around 10:30 Monday night.

"There was a beating on my door and my daughter was saying, 'Mom, someones at the door,'" said Scott.

At the same time another neighbor called and told Scott a man was knocking on doors in the area, looking for an address, asking for someone she didn't know. Scott spoke to him through a window.

"I'm like, 'I don't know who that is and I'm like you need to leave my porch now. I said Leave. He said, 'just let me in to make a phone call and I'm like are you crazy? Leave now!'"

She warned other neighbors and called the Sheriffs Office. She believes this guy could be the man arrested for shooting the taxi driver.

WREG is working to get details from deputies to fill in the holes of this strange case.

We were there as 11 detective vehicles swarmed a home off Armour Road, about a quarter mile from where the cab driver was found.

They confirmed it was part of their investigation but would not give specifics.

Those at the home, did not want to talk to us. However they did say they are not related to the man arrested.

Witnesses believe there was a Christmas gathering at the home Monday.

The taxi driver was taken to Regional One in critical condition and was in surgery Tuesday morning.

He told authorities that a man in a black jacket who ran off on foot was responsible for the shooting.

Farrell said the suspect was picked up in Whitehaven. No other information is available.

Police are also investigating a home in the Rosemark community but they have not released any details on its connection to the shooting.