Elderly woman fatally hit and dragged by car as she tried to fight off Memphis purse snatcher

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — An elderly woman is the second homicide of 2017 in Memphis.

Police say the woman, 81-year-old Catherine Wicker, was getting out of her car at the Sycamore Lake Apartments Sunday just before 6 p.m. when a man tried to grab her purse.

Investigators say Wicker started yelling and a struggle started.

At some point, a person saw what was happening and intervened.

The suspect then jumped into his car and hit Wicker, briefly pinning her against a car.

Wicker then fell under the car and was dragged for several feet.

Police say the suspect then hit another car, backed over the victim and drove off.

A beige 2003 Chevrolet Malibu was later found burning in the 5600 block of Bartlett Grove Road.

That matches the car in the attack.

No detailed suspect description has been released.