Police look for answers in Saltillo shooting death

By Danza Johnson/NEMS Daily Journal

SALTILLO – Police were trying to determine Friday if the death of 20-year-old Anna Cartherine McCoy was an accident or a homicide.
Saltillo police were waiting for a preliminary autopsy report before issuing a ruling on McCoy’s death.
Investigator Mark Haygood said her body was found lying across a bed at a home at 134 Willoughby Oaks Drive in Saltillo. Police and an ambulance were called to the home about 10 p.m. Thursday.
Haygood said a 23-year-old man, possibly McCoy’s boyfriend, was in the bedroom with her at the time of the shooting.
No one has been held or arrested in connection with the shooting. Police said another person also is believed to have been in the house at the time.
Police aren’t releasing many details about the shooting, but Haygood said a .40-caliber handgun was found at the scene.
McCoy is the daughter of retired Tupelo Police Officer Cotton McCoy. She was a member of the Itawamba Community College women’s soccer team.
“Anna was a really good kid,” ICC head soccer coach Mike Sullivan said in a prepared statement. “She was great to have around and was very important to our program both as a player and as a person. She will be greatly missed by a lot of people, both on and off the field.”
The team was scheduled to play in a tournament in Jackson today but, after a team meeting Friday, decided to not participate.
“The team is really broken up after hearing the news this morning. We met as a team to try to lift each other up and decided that playing tomorrow wasn’t the best thing to do at this particular time,” said Sullivan.
One ICC leader said hearing of McCoy’s death saddened the college community.
“The entire ICC family extends its thoughts and prayers to the McCoy family along with our players and coaches,” said ICC Vice President of Student Services Buddy Collins. “This is definitely a sad day for all of us.”
Contact Danza Johnson at (662) 678-1583 or danza.johnson@djournal.com.