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Suspect in fatal Douglas Heights shooting arrested for domestic violence while out on bond

Chattanooga Times Free Press - 1/2/2020

Jan. 2--This story was updated at 3:42 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, with more information.

Toddie Woods, who is accused of pulling the trigger in a shooting that killed one and left two injured at a Douglas Heights apartment in July, has now been arrested for domestic violence while out on bond.

On New Year's Day, police were called to a home in the 1300 block of East 31st Street, where an officer found Woods and a woman in the middle of an altercation.

A witness told police the altercation began over whether the woman, identified as 24-year-old Chanetta Smith, should drive while intoxicated and Woods, 26, had tried to stop her. Neither would provide a statement to police about what happened, and based on the officer's own observation and a witness statement, the officer concluded that both Woods and Smith were equally assaultive toward each other.

Smith was also arrested and charged with domestic assault. The Times Free Press does not typically identify victims of domestic assault. In this case, however, both parties were charged.

Woods, who had been indicted on several charges in connection to the July Douglas Heights shooting, including one for first-degree murder, had been out on a $325,000 bond when the assault took place.

Chattanooga police said Woods and his brother, 29-year-old Omerrieal Woods, who are both known gang members, were trying to force their way into a party when the shooting took place on July 14.

Police were called to the apartment building, located at 930 Douglas St., just before 4 a.m. and found 25-year-old Rigoberto Jarquin dead on the apartment floor. He'd been shot multiple times.

Two other men -- a 20-year-old and a 23-year-old -- were injured. One was shot in the shoulder and the other in the thigh. They have not been identified.

Omerrieal Woods was apprehended by local and federal law enforcement the next day, and Toddie Woods turned himself in at the Hamilton County Jail a day later. Jail officials didn't notify Chattanooga police of his surrender until later that afternoon.

A third suspect, 25-year-old Hyacinth Taylor, was later arrested for allegedly handing the gun to Omerrieal Woods, who then gave it to Toddie Woods.

Charges against all three suspects were sent to the grand jury for criminal indictment. Omerrieal Woods was indicted on three counts of facilitation to commit first-degree murder, as was Taylor. Their bonds were set at $175,000 and $90,000, respectively. Omerrieal Woods remains in custody, while Taylor has been released. Taylor was indicted again in August on separate charges for conspiracy to commit theft.

Toddie Woods received an eight-count indictment in connection to the shooting. His charges include first-degree murder, two counts of attempted first-degree murder, three counts of aggravated assault, and two firearm-related charges. His bond was set at $325,000 -- an increase from his $200,000 initial bond.

All three men are set to appear in criminal court on Jan. 8.

Toddie Woods remains out of jail after posting a $10,000 bond in connection to the domestic assault.

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