NASHVILLE – A Ripley man who was added to the TBI’s Top Ten Most Wanted list in December has been captured after being involved in an officer-involved shooting incident tonight.
At approximately 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, after developing information about the possible whereabouts of Sequna Copeland, officers with the Ripley Police Department executed a traffic stop on a vehicle on Nelson Street. The vehicle’s female driver drove off from the officer making the stop. The officer gave chase on foot. Another patrol car from the Ripley Police Department pulled in front of the suspect’s vehicle, after which the female driver began driving in reverse toward the officer who was on foot. That officer fired several shots at the occupants of the vehicle before being struck by the suspect’s vehicle. The driver then began to drive forward again, toward two other responding officers. At that time, the two officers in front of the suspect’s vehicle began firing at the occupants, striking them both. The female driver has not been identified at this time. The male passenger has been identified as Sequna Copeland. Both were transported to local hospitals with injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening. The officer who was struck by the car was flown to Memphis for medical treatment. The incident remains under investigation by TBI Agents, at the request of 25th District Attorney General Mike Dunavant.
Sequna Copeland was wanted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the United States Marshals Service, and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. On August 27th, Copeland was indicted for a Hobbs Act Robbery, Accessory After the Fact, and False Declaration Before the Grand Jury. Copeland’s charges stem from his involvement in an armed robbery that occurred in Ripley on December 10, 2014.