NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WHNT) – Monica Holt Gooding didn’t mince words on Thursday when talking about the loss of her father.
She and her family are critical of the Fayetteville Police Department, saying officers didn’t properly restrain a woman accused of stealing a police car, then causing a deadly wreck that killed their father.
“They could have paid more attention to their job,” Gooding said, referring to the police department.
Misty Shelton is accused of stealing a Fayetteville police car after being arrested in the parking lot of Dollar General on Huntsville Highway on Saturday, August 31. Shortly afterward, police say the car slammed into a SUV carrying five people, including Henry Holt, Sr.
Monica Gooding and her children were also in the car, and were hurt. She said the family is having a very tough time with the loss.
“Miserable. For my whole family, the kids, they’ve been asking for Paw-Paw. We don’t know.. we have nothing to tell them. Their Paw-Paw’s gone. Our Daddy’s gone,” Gooding said Thursday.
Holt’s family is suing Shelton, the City of Fayetteville, the Fayetteville Police Department and the arresting officer. Read more about the lawsuit here.