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LPD probes shooting death

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Lewisburg Police have been investigating a shooting at an apartment complex Saturday night when the gunman called 911 and the victim apparently died in the Marshall Medical Center emergency room.

An autopsy was to be performed Sunday on Michael Jett, 53, of Pear Tree Apartments on Nashville Highway, Police Detective Sgt. Jimmy Oliver said Sunday evening. Jett was allegedly shot by Jeff Sturgill, 51, who also lives at the apartment house.

There was an altercation in Sturgill's apartment, Oliver said. Sturgill shot Jett in the stomach and has been cooperative with police, the detective said. Sturgill hadn't requested a lawyer and no arrest had been made as of press time. Oliver said would consult with Assistant District Attorney Eddie Barnard on Tuesday.

A recording of the 911 call would appear to indicate that Jett threatened Sturgill with a knife, but that Sturgill had Jett at gunpoint while talking with the 911 operator.

"Oh my God," Sturgill told the operator. "I've got a man at gunpoint."

The detective sergeant said Jett and Sturgill only knew each other because they were living in the same apartment building and would say hello in passing, but Sturgill didn't know Jett's name.

After Sturgill's address information was sought by the police dispatcher, the 911 call recording includes a man's voice saying, "I'll kill you. I swear to God...

"He came with a knife and tried to kill me," the 911 call recording shows.

Then the caller says to someone at his apartment, "I swear to God, you move, you're dead... Lay down. I'm going to have to shoot you."

The recording then includes the words of the caller saying, "Shot fired... Move again, I'll have to shoot you again...

"He's wounded... He's got a second weapon...

"Don't make me kill him... please... I've already shot him in the stomach," the caller's voice is heard to say in the 911 call.

The caller then tells the dispatcher that officers would have to kick his door open, but it proved to be too strong, so police persuaded him to unlatch the deadbolt.

"I'm going to put the gun to his head and if he moves, I'm going to shoot him," the caller said when he apparently moved closer to the man he'd already shot.

"Please tell them to hurry," the caller is heard telling the dispatcher.

Oliver said he was unaware of anyone hearing the gunshot at about 8:30 p.m.

First on the scene were Police Officers Kevin Clark and Brad Martin. Also responding were Officers Jackie Robertson and Anthony McLean.

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how come mr.jett was in his apt.if he didn't know him. how did mr jett get in. the shorter had to let him in. and them lock the door. why was the door locked anyway.

-- Posted by carter on Wed, May 27, 2009, at 7:42 PM

Good question. I hope the D.A. will ask the same question.Mike was a good man & dad.He just had a hard time with things.

-- Posted by avowoman on Wed, May 27, 2009, at 10:04 PM

every body keep for getting he was married to arriva jett.he was a good husband, father. she is hurting. no body cares about her.

-- Posted by carter on Fri, May 29, 2009, at 6:44 PM

I didn't know he was marry . I thought his last wife was Reba.If he was marry Sorry for your loss.

-- Posted by avowoman on Fri, May 29, 2009, at 8:34 PM

thank you alot of people thinks it is reba. How did you know mike

-- Posted by carter on Sat, May 30, 2009, at 12:16 PM

they were divorced. but they still loved each other. not even a year hasn't want by. they were talking to each other

-- Posted by carter on Sat, May 30, 2009, at 12:19 PM

I just did. She is a good person. How do you know Mike?

-- Posted by avowoman on Sat, May 30, 2009, at 3:38 PM

i knew mike because of arriva. both of them were good people. i work with arriva. i knew them for 20 years.they had there problems. but they were friends.

-- Posted by carter on Sat, May 30, 2009, at 5:06 PM

you are so right. how is she doing? i know her from the shell station and him for 30 plus years. he & I were neighboros. You take care of Rebaok.? Have a good day.Been nice talking to you on the l'burg paper.If you need to talk just write me back on here.

-- Posted by avowoman on Sat, May 30, 2009, at 7:40 PM

she is not doing good. she is hurting. she went back to work.but it didn't do any good. she thinks about him all the time. it will take some time. could you do me a flaver. if you hear any thing about this coula you let me know. every thing. we know comes from the paper.

-- Posted by carter on Sun, May 31, 2009, at 8:31 AM

I will be glad to same here. Tell her to stay strong I know it's hard on her and the family.

-- Posted by avowoman on Sun, May 31, 2009, at 2:27 PM

thank you for caring. she really did love him. some day we have we have to meet. let me know. what is your real name. my is Ebra

-- Posted by carter on Sun, May 31, 2009, at 5:45 PM

that would be nice, my name is annette.

-- Posted by avowoman on Sun, May 31, 2009, at 5:59 PM

thank you for caring. i live in petersburg. you live in lewisburg? it is nice to have some one who cares.

-- Posted by carter on Sun, May 31, 2009, at 8:00 PM

no, I don't live there anymore.

-- Posted by avowoman on Mon, Jun 1, 2009, at 10:35 AM

I'm Mike Jett's daughter Tracy. I'm speaking on behalf on myself and my sister Tessa. THose who know us, know she is the strong one and is protective of me. But when I read some disturbing things, I couldn't hold back. I have a lot to say!!!! First, My dad was born and raised in lewisburg and WELL know by most. I was horifided at the story I read on the front page of the lewisburg newspaper. This story gave the WRONG impression of my daddy and implied my daddy was a bad person. Clint (reporter) and detective Oliver have made statements and wrote things to sound FACTUAL. When NOBODY know what happened in that apartment but Jeff and my daddy. What actually happened will never be known. They should not be able to make statments that sound to be true when Det. Oliver is going on info the murderer gave him. What they failed to print in the paper is that you can hear my daddy on the 911 call saying I'm not doing nothing (that's not an exact quote but something very close. We will never know if he was saying this to let us know if something did happen, he really was not doing anything to get killed over. Jeff knew exacally what he was doing when he called 911. After the sorry bastard shot him the first time he moved closer to my daddy per 911 recording and said I will shoot him in the heart, newspaper printed head.There was something going on between them 2 (Jeff and daddy. Jeff sells pills and my daddy was an adict. You just don't dead bolt your door when allegedly my daddy pushed his way through the door. Habbit or not, you will not think about locking your door. The basterd has a good cover up with the call to 911, and no other witness. There was defenetly more to this whole story than what Jeff is saying. But no one can prove it. I don't like the way at all this has my daddy as the offender, when only the murderer and my daddy knows what happened. It's weird that Oliver would tell me daddy came in on this man when he does not know that to be true. There is no proof of him (daddy) forcing or invading his way into that man's apartment. The newspaper has printed UNTRUE FACTS. Per police report THE POLICE OFFICERS, ROBERTSON AND mCCLAIN, WERE AT THE DOOR BY OFFICER RAGSDALE WHILE OFFICER RAGSDALE WAS POSITIONED AT THE STAIRS. KEVIN CLARK WAS POSITIONED ON THE GROUND SHINING A LIGHT THROUGH THE WINDOW GIVING VERBAL COMMANDS TO PUT HIS FUCKEN( sorry for language, in police report) GUN DOWN.AT THAT POINT THE MURDERER TURNED AROUND STILL ARMED TOWARDS THE FRONT OF THE DOOR. CLARK GAVE ANOTHER COMMAND TO PUT THE GUN DOWN OR i WILL SHOOT YOUR ASS. MURDER THEN PLACED PISTOL ON WINDOW SEAL. AT THIS TIME CORPORAL ROBERTSON KICKED OPEN THE FRONT DOOR. THIS IS ALL PUBLIC RECORD AND STRAIGHT FROM THE POLICE REPORT. NEWSPAPER PRINTED HE Jeff) WAS PERSWADED TO OPEN THE DOOR WHICH IS NOT TRUE. CLINT, DO YOUR RESEARCH! THE FACT THAT DETECTIVE OLIVER HAS HIS MIND MADE UP AND DIRECTEDLY STATED TO ME what he believes happended, IS JUST WRONG. MY DADDY HAD BEEN WORKING THAT DAY IN HIS COVERALLS. Everydody is not hot natured. I remeber that day being raining and cool) As far as the sunglasses and mask, to my knowlege he did not own either. Me and my sister washed his clothes and cleaned many many times for him. He had his daughters (who believed in him and helped the best we could) love, couch, kitchen table, a few kitchen items, a bed and a dresser. I've also read the comments wrote. Damn Arriva!! Yes they had been talking but like always ( in later yrs) when times got hard she was never there for him. The day of the shooting, my daddy had went to Arriva's. The only thing I know is that she slammed the door in his face and her and her mother threatend to call police if he did not leave. My daddy has been struggling for awhile with depression and pain killer addiction. I'm positive he was tring to reach out to her. Like always she let him down again. I would hate to have me slamming the door in his face as my last memory of him. She was not in any way concerned about him for a long time. RUMER HAS IT SHE IS ALREADY WITH SOMEONE ELSE. Many, many people have told us and some of you reading this may know this to be true. When he should of had support from his wife, his daughters were there, not her. She has not once offered any condolances to the lives (me, Tessa and grandchildren) he left behind. Tessa did let her know what she thought about it. But we can do without her sympathy. It's taky (after 19 yrs of marriage and to have such a caring ex- wife) that she didn't. My daddy was a very good man, daddy, etc. with a good heart. He read his bible everyday. He had a disease (addiction) that he struggled with and was painful for me and my sister to watch him struggle with his life. My daddy raised us and done and exeptional job. We will never be able to put in words what he means to us. We will forever treasure his memories and they will live in our hearts forever. The lord was ready for him. He his with murner and watches over us all the time. Daddy has his hand on our hearts and carries us everyday. We have some comfort in knowing he's not suffering or worrying. Jeff didn't just take my daddys life, he took ours too!! To the comments posted about no one asking about Arriva- We (me and Tessa) don't care. I'm thankful for all the things she did do for my daddy and in helping with us. But guilt will kill a person. she has to live with what she done that day! And care? I just didn't see it. If she cared so much Ebra, why were me and tessa making sure he was taken care of and his NEEDS were met during there almost year apart? She did what shethought was enough and had all she could take. I know you know that!!!! I know she came over a few times to his place and he stayed down there some but that was a very several months ago thing when they were doin that. No time recent!! In recent conversation between her and daddy, she was done. Just several days (Maybe a week) before this happended, another man answered her phone and asked daddy- Ain't it your bed time pops? Does that sound like a caring individual? Do you have a clue as to what this done to his spirits? He was doin so much better after all that. So, we have not forgotten they were married for 19 yrs, and we don't care about how she is doing through this. She should be just fine, she was used to being without him ( and doing very well in her life) and in recent days not talking to him. In closing, I would like to say that everything I have wrote is to be true. And if in any way I'm wrong about the reporter and detective's comments (some of detectives comments made directly to me)I will gladly correct. I'm not trying to attack detective Oliver or the reporter. I don't know them. The day I spoke with Oliver he was nice and answered any questions I had. So I'm not trying to slam him. I realize we can not make people tell the Detective what we would like to hear. When talking to him (detective) he seemed to know or formed his opinion as to what happend. But as I stated, no one know what happend in that apartment and my daddys gone. We miss him so much more today than yesterday. Please excuse my mispellings and bad grammer. It's after 12am. We can't sleep very well or eat much at all. Me and Tessa are doing the very best we can and are keeping each other going. The hard part is knowing we will never see him again. waiting. Not knowing if charges will pressed. Realizing we will never get to hear Percy with him again or hear his voice. We (me and tessa) just have to have faith in our system. I hope jeff burns in hell for eternity and every second of his waking life, suffers!!!!!!!! GOD has a plan for him too. His judgement day may not come as fast as me and tessa want it to, but it WILL HAPPEN!! Tessa and I will continue our circus of a life and be strong for his grandkids until god calls for us.

-- Posted by tbrock on Thu, Jun 11, 2009, at 12:59 AM

I have knowen jeff for more than 20 years and i can tell you that im truley sorry for mr jetts family because jeff is a profesional liar and slim. i hope they can prove what most that know jeff already know , he was not protecting himself, just a cover story for a drug deal gone bad more than likley he owed mr jett money, like he does everyone. to the jett daughters just remember someday all dogs get there day and sturgill will get his,for every family he has cheatted and hurt. his loving ex

-- Posted by CRYBABY on Thu, Sep 10, 2009, at 9:06 PM

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