By Tia Lynn Ivey
A Covington man was arrested and charged with aggravated assault after allegedly shooting his girlfriend in the chest at the Hampton Inn in Madison.
According to Sergeant Detective Wes Thompson with the City of Madison Police Department, officers were dispatched to the Hampton Inn in the early afternoon of Wednesday, Nov. 11 in response to a 911 call reporting a Madison woman having trouble breathing.
When authorities arrived at the Hampton Inn, they made their way up to the third floor where they found Jemarcus Moody, 27, yelling and cursing while trying to kick in the door to room 311, where his girlfriend had been shot and trapped inside.
Moody allegedly told police that he was leaving the hotel room when he heard a loud noise coming from inside the room that he believed to be a gunshot. He told police he tried to reenter the room but got locked out. Moody had placed the 911 call but maintained to authorities that he did not know what happened. The Morgan County Fire Department arrived and was able to gain entry into the room. When officers and medical crews arrived at the scene, a 28-year-old Madison woman was found inside a hotel room, severely injured, shot once in chest.
Officer Stacey Eaton discovered the victim laying face down on the bathroom floor. According to reports, the victim had a single gunshot wound to her upper right chest area from a 9mm firearm. The victim was transported to a hospital and is expected to recover.
Officer Eaton searched the hotel room and did not locate any firearms or any other people in the room. Upon further questioning of Moody, police became suspicious.
According to reports, Moody allegedly told police that he never left the hallway, that he had planned to leave but then heard a loud noise and stayed to try to get back into the room to help his girlfriend. He also allegedly told police that he and his girlfriend were the only people in the room that day. When police could not discover a firearm inside the room, they suspected Moody had shot his girlfriend and then left the room to hide the weapon.
According to reports, police reviewed security footage from the hotel which reportedly showed Moody leaving the hotel through a back exit for 20 seconds before returning. Police recovered the firearm hidden in the hotel’s parking lot.
According to Thompson, after further investigation into the matter, the shooting was a result of a domestic dispute between Moody and his girlfriend.
“It was discovered they had gotten into a verbal argument and he pulled a gun out and shot her one time in the upper right chest,” said Thompson. “He hid the gun and then maintained he didn’t know what happened to his girlfriend.”
According to authorities, the gun used in the shooting was reported stolen from Newton County. In addition to being charged with aggravated assault, Moody was also charged with possession of firearm by a convicted felon, tampering with evidence, and theft by receiving stolen property. Moody was arrested and transported to the Morgan County Detention Center.