NOTE: The following was a statement delivered by TBI Director Mark Gwyn during a news conference on Wednesday, July 22, 2015, to update members of the media on the ongoing Darrius Stewart investigation.
First and foremost, I’d like to extend my condolences to the family and friends of Darrius Stewart.
We understand that for many in the Memphis community this is a difficult situation. As we continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding this shooting and Stewart’s death, we understand the desire for transparency. Over the past few days, we’ve been in constant conversation with District Attorney General Amy Weirich’s office and we agree: At the appropriate time, key facts and details will be made available to the public.
In the meantime, we would ask for the public’s patience as we collect and evaluate evidence, conduct interviews, re-interview certain individuals, and piece together a full and complete set of events. When we finish our work, we will turn our findings over to General Weirich’s office for her further review and consideration.
At this time, we have yet to independently piece together a preliminary set of events on Stewart’s death. Certainly, we face some challenges with this investigation, as we started our work several days after the incident. However, we remain confident in our ability to investigate this incident with integrity, openness, and professionalism. We are grateful to the Memphis Police Department and General Weirich’s office for their support and cooperation.
As we move forward, if anyone has information that may help the investigation, we would urge them to call us at 1-800-TBI-FIND.