Man arrested after shooting wife in Covington grocery store


A man has been arrested after shooting his wife in a domestic-related incident inside a Covington grocery store, according to police.

It happened at the Ingles on Turner Lake Road Tuesday morning. Covington Police said 33-year-old Jimquez Swiney enter the store at 8:07 a.m. and fired two shots at his wife in the deli, hitting her once in the arm. The woman was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Surveillance video captured Swiney running out of the store, according to police. Immediately officers converge on the woods and a nearby neighborhood. Police even used a drone to help search for him.

"I came outside and seen 20 Covington police officers. I was like ‘I feel real safe this morning,’" said Travis Floyd.

Floyd knew there was a manhunt underway, but did not think much about it until he spotted something.

"I'm making my sandwich and I look up and all I see is a red shirt and black book bag walking through the woods," said Floyd. "I was like ‘Hold on wait a minute.’ My senses hit me. I was like ‘OK, that's the guy.’ So, I called 911."

"He was walking with his head down, all cramped, up real tight. You can tell his elbows and stuff are dirty where he had been going through the woods," said Floyd.

Seconds later he said officers were there. Captain Ken Malcomb was one of the first to arrive.

"At first he stepped behind the tree. It was obvious to him we saw him so he stepped away from the tree and again complied will all of our orders we arrested him without incident," said Capt. Malcomb.

He was barely out of the door of the police headquarters when Swiney made a not so kind gesture to a FOX 5 photographer. He then had some choice words.

"He know, he low down motherf---er, you low down too. He know, he low down,” Swiney told the FOX 5 camera.

“I ain't talking to you about s---. You better get out of my face," Swiney replied when asked, “Why did you do it?”

When asked if he felt bad for shooting his wife, he responded, "You better get out of my face. You better get out of my face brother. I kick the s--- out of you. Walk up on me again. You want to mother---er."

Swiney could face additional aggravated assault charges for pointing the gun at other people in the store.


His wife was reportedly back home recovering late Tuesday evening.

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