Collierville police say the suspect in the killing of a Memphis-based pastor shot Brodes Perry several times while yelling, “You broke my heart.”
Perry, 36, and his wife Tabatha Perry, 42, were both shot and transported to Regional One Hospital.
Perry, who was shot in the head several times, did not survive his injuries. His wife, who was shot in the left shoulder, survived.
Perry was an executive pastor at Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church, the first African-American church in Memphis to be a part of the Disciples of Christ when the church was founded in 1921, according to its website.
The incident occurred Thursday, when Collierville police officers responded to what they described as “a domestic situation” around 10:20 p.m. at the Meridian Park Apartments near South Houston Levee Road and South Shea Road.
According to the police, Perry’s wife let Latoshia Daniels, 39, an acquaintance from the couple’s days in Little Rock, Arkansas, into their residence.
The report said she and Daniels talked for about 30 minutes before Perry arrived at the Collierville apartment. The couple then talked to Daniels for another 10 minutes.
Police say Daniels stated it was getting late into the night and headed toward the front door of the apartment with Perry and his wife following behind her.
Then, police say, Daniels pulled a handgun from her coat and began to fire several rounds at Perry, who was just inside of the front door, while saying repeatedly, “You broke my heart.”
Perry’s wife began to yell for help and began banging on the doors of neighbors’ apartments, asking them to call for help. When she returned to her apartment, she knelt down next to Perry, police say.
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SOURCE: Memphis Commercial Appeal, Micaela Watts and Linda A. Moore