Shawn Mann is well known to Yazoo law enforcement officers with a history of drug-related incidents.
Now Winona authorities are familiar with him as well – probably more familiar than they would like.
Mann is facing multiple felony charges after allegedly assaulting three law enforcement officers and stealing a deputy’s patrol car – all while naked.
A preliminary hearing was held for Mann, 27, of Yazoo City, in Montgomery County Justice Court Tuesday. Mann is charged with three counts of assault on a police officer (felony counts), one count of felony malicious mischief, one count of felony grand larceny, and one count of felony attempted grand larceny.
According to Deputy Roshaun Daniels with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department, the lone witness at the preliminary hearing, law enforcement officers were dispatched at 12:30 a.m. to the south parking lot of Tyler Holmes Memorial Hospital after someone reported a vehicle “doing donuts.”
Officers found an abandoned vehicle at the intersection of Tyler Holmes Drive and Alberta Road. The vehicle had crashed into a traffic sign. They also found discarded clothing in the hospital parking lot.
“A lady came down the street and said there was a man on Middleton Road trying to stop vehicles – trying to open doors,” Daniels said.
Daniels said he found Mann, wearing no clothing, in the middle of the street. Daniels said when he approached with his blue lights on, Mann jumped on the hood of his patrol cruiser and climbed on top of the vehicle where the light bar was installed.
“I put the vehicle in park and got out,” Daniels said. “[Mann] jumped on my back and began punching and kicking me. I wrestled with him and tried to get him on the ground.”
Daniels said Mann was so uncontrollable, that he was forced to use his taser, but it had no effect. Daniels said he once again tried to get him on the ground, just as state troopers Josh McBride and Jeff Watson arrived on the scene. All three of them tried to get the suspect under control, and Daniels testified that Mann struck McBride and Watson as well in the melee.
“Watson even hit him in the chest with the taser, but he just pulled the prongs out like they did nothing,” Daniels said.
Daniels testified that while officers tried to get the suspect under control, he managed to get in the driver’s seat of Daniels’ patrol cruiser.
“He threw it into drive,” Daniels said. “[Trooper] McBride was slung out of the car.”
Daniels said the suspect man drove east on Middleton Road, crashed through a few traffic signs at the Highway 51 intersection, headed north on Highway 51 before veering into the parking lot of Skyview Shell, jumped the curb, crossed back over Highway 51 into a car wash parking lot, and finally crashed into the Winona Dry Cleaners sign.
“There were people washing a boat at the car wash,” Daniels testified. “They ran toward [the patrol cruiser] because they thought it was me that crashed, and when they saw that it wasn't a deputy that got out of the car, they scattered.”
Daniels said that the suspect ran from the totaled patrol cruiser toward a Chevrolet pickup truck in the car wash parking lot and attempted to drive away in it before he was taken into custody.
Mann was transported to Tyler Holmes Memorial Hospital by a MedStat ambulance with minor injuries from the accident.
Daniels testified that Mann’s toxicology results showed he had methamphetamine, cocaine, and marijuana in his system at the time of the incident.
Mann, represented by attorney Lee Bailey, presented no witnesses at Tuesday’s hearing.
Montgomery County Justice Court Judge Larry Bamberg bound Mann over to the action of the grand jury and set bond at $200,000. Mann remained in the Carroll Montgomery Regional Correctional Facility in Vaiden at press time.