A Little Rock social worker specializing in anger management is accused of fatally shooting a former Saint Mark Baptist Church pastor and injuring his wife in their west Tennessee apartment on Thursday, authorities said.
According to an affidavit filed by Collierville, Tenn. police, 39-year-old Latoshia Shunta Daniels arrived at an apartment belonging to Brodes and Tabatha Perry at the Meridian Parks Apartments, 1681 Elkstone Place South, at about 9:30 p.m. Tabatha Perry, 42, who was alone at the time, let Daniels in because she knew Daniels from when she and her husband lived in Little Rock, the document said.
The two talked for about half an hour before Brodes Perry, 36, who then served as a pastor at Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church in Memphis, came home and, soon after, followed his wife and Daniels to the front door, authorities said.
That was when Daniels reportedly drew a handgun from her jacket and shot Brodes Perry multiple times in his head and torso, repeatedly yelling, “You broke my heart,” police said.
Daniels then shot Tabatha Perry in the shoulder as she knelt beside her husband, the affidavit states. According to officers, Daniels removed the gun’s magazine and began to reload it with ammunition she pulled from her jacket pocket when Collierville police arrived shortly before 10:30 p.m.
According to a police report of the shooting, officers ordered Daniels to drop the gun and, when she didn’t comply, an officer shot her with a bean-bag shotgun and authorities took her into custody.
Brodes and Tabatha Perry were both taken to Regional One Health Medical Center in Memphis, where Brodes Perry died early Friday morning. Tabatha Perry was released from the hospital shortly after, according to Collierville police spokesman Lt. David Townsend.
"It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we share with you the sudden passing of our Executive Pastor, Brodes Perry," a statement by Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church on Friday reads. According to the statement, Brodes "was a phenomenal man, dedicated to the Kingdom of God."
Daniels was taken to Baptist Memorial Hospital in Collierville for her injuries, the affidavit said. When officers were called to take the woman back into police custody authorities said she managed to get free of the two and escape down a hall toward the hospital’s intensive care unit, the affidavit said. Officers caught up with Daniels, though, handcuffing the woman and taking her back into custody.
Daniels faces charges of one count each of first-degree murder, attempted murder, assault on a police officer, escape and resisting arrest.
Latoshia Daniels had been a social worker in Little Rock and possessed a doctorate in social work with a specialization in criminal justice, according to a website for The Root Behavioral Health LLC. According to the website, she previously worked as a mental health consultant for the Little Rock Job Corps and was a contract mental health provider for Pulaski County Juvenile Detention Center.
Daniels was no longer being held at Shelby County jail on Monday afternoon, according to an online jail roster.