Woman charged after reporting shooting

By Mehgaan Jones


Morrow police charged a Tennessee woman with "false report of a crime" and "false statements," Wednesday, after police say she called 911 and claimed that her husband was the victim of a robbery, and was shot during the incident.

However, police say, the woman later admitted that the couple had been involved in a home-invasion robbery.

According to a Morrow police incident report, an officer responded to the Citgo gas station located at 6361 Jonesboro Road around 4:15 a.m., Wednesday, and found Teresa Stanfill ,44, of Ooltwaha, Tenn., "screaming her husband had been shot."

James Stanfill ,47, who was sitting in the couple's purple Mitsubishi Eclipse, appeared to have a gunshot wound to the face, near the nose, and one to the chest, near the lower rib cage, the report states. He was not responsive and had shallow breathing, and was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital, in Atlanta, for treatment, according to police.

Teresa Stanfill was asked where the shooting had occurred, and she told police it happened at a gas station, off of Windy Hill Road in Cobb County, according to the police report.

She explained that as her husband was pumping gas, she heard a man demand money, and four or five gunshots followed. Teresa Stanfill told police that she proceeded to find a hospital without calling 911, the report said.

"She continued to drive until she arrived in Morrow which is where she made her 911 call," said Capt. James Callaway, of the Morrow Police Department. "The police arrived and secured the area," he said.

Morrow police contacted police agencies south of the City of Morrow, to determine whether any calls were received in regards to shootings or robberies.

The Henry County Police Department advised that the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office had responded to an armed-robbery home invasion on East Fairview at Union Church Road. The description of the suspect was a white male, slender build, wearing dark clothing. The police report also states that the victim of the home invasion had fired several shots at the suspect.

The description of the home-invasion suspect was similar to that of James Stanfill, according to information in the Morrow police incident report.

A detective from Rockdale County was sent to Morrow, and according to the police report, "...Teresa [Stanfill] had stated the statement which she gave me in writing and verbally was false and that they [Teresa and James Stanfill] were involved in the home invasion in Rockdale County," the Morrow officer wrote in the police report.

Teresa Stanfil was then turned over to the Rockdale County detective for transport to the Rockdale County Sheriff's office, the report states.

No further information was available about James Stanfill's condition or possible charges in the case.