At the request of 30th District Attorney General Amy Weirich, and per the Memorandum of Understanding between her office, the Memphis Police Department, and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, TBI Agents continue to investigate the circumstances of a officer-involved shooting Wednesday night in Memphis.
Preliminary information indicates the incident occurred at approximately 9:30 PM in the area of South Third Street and Mitchell Street in South Memphis. Two Memphis Police officers, on routine patrol, stopped a vehicle on a traffic violation. The driver of the vehicle, identified as DMario Perkins (DOB 7-24-89), appears to have made immediate threats of suicide to the officers with a handgun, and immediately fired his weapon. The officers subsequently discharged their service weapons. Perkins sustained at least one gunshot wound and died from his injuries a short time later at Regional One Medical Center. An autopsy will be performed in Memphis, at the West Tennessee Regional Forensic Center on Thursday. No law enforcement officers sustained injury in the incident.
TBI Agents continue to gather relevant interviews, assisted by a team of TBI Forensic Scientists, who will gather all relevant physical evidence. Throughout the process, investigative findings will be shared with the District Attorney General’s office for her further review and consideration.
As is our policy, the TBI does not identify the officers involved in these types of incidents and instead refers questions of that nature to their respective departments.
Any updates on this investigation will be posted online at TBINewsroom.com.