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Union Springs police chief's daughter shot to death in MS

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The door where the suspect accused of killing foster is expected to exit after a preliminary court hearing (Source: WSFA 12 News) The door where the suspect accused of killing foster is expected to exit after a preliminary court hearing (Source: WSFA 12 News)
COLUMBUS, MS (WSFA) -

Columbus, Mississippi is a small town of around 24,000 people located due west of Tuscaloosa.

It is in the Jackson Square Shopping Center where police say 25-year-old Tarkesha Carter shot and killed the daughter of Union Springs Police Chief Danny Jackson.

Jackson's daughter has been identified as 27-year old Brittany Foster.

The mere fact a police chief's daughter was murdered stunned Columbus native and residential contractor Tom Hatcher.

"I was shocked to hear it was the police chief's daughter, but I guess their family is like any family and has problems and issues just like everybody else," said Hatcher. 

Laura Armour was not quite so surprised.

"I just feel like Columbus has either changed a lot, or the crime is publicized more," said Armour.

Homicide investigators with the Columbus Police Department say Carter went to Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant and confronted Foster who worked at the restaurant as a waitress.

Carter allegedly shot Foster twice, once in the stomach and the head. Police say Carter then shot at another woman running out of the restaurant, but she was not injured.

Foster later died at a Columbus hospital.

Detectives declined to talk about a motive, but WSFA 12 News has confirmed that Carter knew both women. This was not a random act of violence.

Meantime, Danny Jackson told WSFA 12 News that his daughter was a ‘daddy's girl but mostly a grandmother's girl'. Foster loved both of her grandmothers.'

Foster was a 9-year veteran with the Air Force Reserves and a graduate of Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Foster also worked for Weyerhaeuser which is a paper mill near Columbus. Foster would have turned 28-years old on August 28.

Tarkesha Carter had her first court appearance late on Monday at the Columbus Municipal Court. The court set Carter's bond at $600,000.

As of now, Carter remains in the Lowndes County jail. Carter declined to answer questions from reporters and tell her side of the story while being escorted to a waiting police car.

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