Police arrest Kelvin Pickett in connection with shooting

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at 1:51pm
Staff reports
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Kelvin Pickett

Metro police have arrested a suspect in an early Tuesday morning shooting.

Detectives in the police department’s Domestic Violence unit searched for 41-year-old Kelvin D. Pickett after swearing out a warrant against him for attempted criminal homicide. Police allege Pickett shot his ex-wife, Shiwanda Bonds, 39, twice Tuesday morning outside of her Garfield Street home at 5:30 a.m.

With help from Pickett's family, police contacted him by phone and arranged for him to be taken into custody. He was arrested without incident at Riverfront Park early Tuesday afternoon.

Bonds was listed in stable condition at Vanderbilt University Medical Center late Tuesday morning.

At the time of Tuesday’s shooting, Pickett was free on bond in relation to two prior domestic-related arrests, according to police.

On Jan. 29, police charged Pickett with kidnapping and three counts of domestic assault for incidents that occurred on Dec. 11 and on Christmas Day.

On March 2, police charged Pickett with aggravated assault by strangulation, felony violation of the order of protection and telephone harassment. Shiwanda Bonds was the victim. His bond on those charges was set at $31,000 and he was released from jail on March 6.

Charges related to Pickett’s two previous arrests are pending and are set for a hearing later this month.