• Southaven police were at wrong home during deadly shooting

    By: Jeremy Pierre , Lauren Coleman

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    SOUTHAVEN, Miss. - FOX13 has uncovered new details in the Southaven police shooting death of Ismael Lopez. Lopez was shot after police served a warrant at the wrong home.

    A search warrant FOX13 obtained out of Tate County, Mississippi showed the address on the warrant was across the street from Lopez’s home.


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    Kimberly Shelby told FOX13 Ismael Lopez’s death is on the hands of the Southaven Police Department, after they served a warrant at the wrong home.

    "You would think they would be over here trying to find him at the right address,” Shelby said.

    We learned the home they were supposed to be at is right across the street from Lopez’s.

    Police came to the neighborhood for a Samuel Pearman ,who lived in this home 5878 Surry Lane.

    "He jumped out, wouldn't look over here at anybody. He ran in a packed a bunch of stuff,” Shelby said.

    The warrant Southaven police were executing is out of Tate County. Shelby said police have been to Pearman’s home before. 

    "I've called the police before for him beating her up in the front yard, so they have dealt with him before,” Shelby said.

    Tate County deputies said an arrest warrant was issued for Pearman after he choked a woman Sunday in front of her four-year-old child at a Tate County gas station.

    Hours later, Southaven police were in his neighborhood to arrest him, but they ended up at the wrong home.

    The family's legal council said during a news conference Wednesday that the door was not cracked and that there were 3 bullet holes that went in through the door and out the back of the house. 

    They said Lopez's body was found some feet away from the door. 

    Lopez's wife additionally asserted there was a gun on the couch and in the bedroom, but said Lopez didn't use or touch them. 

    Neighbors said they hope the law will hold the officers accountable for this costly mistake.

    The Tate County Sheriff’s Office told us Pearman is wanted for Domestic Aggravated Assault. He has since turned himself in to police and been released after posting bond.

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