"He is charged with carrying a concealed weapon and felony possession," Cooper said at an afternoon news conference. Jemison was wanted on a previous warrant for failure to pay child support.
Eventually, Cochran told police she shot herself, Cooper said. "It's a small, Derringer-type weapon. No trigger guard."
Both Cochran and Jemison told police the same thing, that they made up a story about an attempted robbery because they were worried about the children, Cooper said. In addition to her three kids, Cochran is pregnant, he said.
"They panicked over the fact this happened in the house. 'If they find out I messed up my finger, [Child Protective Services] might find out.'
"It does appear it was self-inflicted, but we're still investigating," he said.
"Her condition is fine. She had to have some repair done to her finger."
Police were immediately suspicious of Cochran's original story about an attempted robbery, Sisson said, which was reported to the Metro 911 center and spread by news media.
If she'd been shot at the Transit Mall, there'd have been dozens of witnesses and 911 calls, Sisson said. Also, Cochran would have been more likely to walk to Saint Francis Hospital, only a block away, he said.
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