Coroner identifies woman shot and killed by police in Horn Lake

HORN LAKE, Miss. — FOX13 has learned new details after a woman was shot and killed during a traffic stop in Horn Lake.

The scene unfolded early Wednesday morning at 1:35 a.m., when Horn Lake Police (HLPD) officers attempted to stop a white Jeep Cherokee on Highway 302 at Mallard Creek.

PHOTOS: Woman shot & killed by Horn Lake police

The vehicle refused to stop and a chase ensued eastbound on Highway 302.

Officers in the area successfully deployed tire-deflating stop sticks at 302 and Dancy, and again at 302 and Pasadena, HLPD said.

The vehicle then continued driving on four flat tires.

The driver turned into a Circle K at Highway 302 and Windchase, circled the pumps, then proceeded back onto Highway 302 driving westbound in the eastbound lanes.

A gas station attendant who saw the encounter said that he couldn’t believe his eyes.

“It’s one o’clock, and I see lights flashing everywhere, and I am like what is going on?” Ori Johns said. “It is really shocking to see this, you know? I wasn’t scared. I was shocked.”

Officers attempted unsuccessful tactical vehicle intervention (TVI) maneuvers on the vehicle, and the driver continued eastbound on Highway 302, officials said.

The driver turned into the Gateway Tire parking lot and circled the lot before getting back onto Highway 302 eastbound.

Officers attempted more TVI maneuvers and were successful in stopping the vehicle.

The woman behind the wheel pointed a revolver toward one of the approaching officers, at which point officers fired, HLPD said.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

At least 49 evidence markers could be seen littered across the scene.

The coroner identified the woman as Molka Horton, 39, of Memphis, and her body will be sent to the Mississippi Medical Examiners Office for Autopsy

Four officers have been placed on administrative leave per department policy, officials said.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation (MBI) was called to the scene and will continue the investigation.

After the shooting, Goodman Road was shut down from Interstate Boulevard to Highway 51 for a time, but traffic is now moving again.

FOX13 stopped by Horton’s home in Memphis. Her family did not want to speak at this time.