At the request of 30th Judicial District Attorney General Steve Mulroy, TBI special agents are investigating the circumstances leading to an officer-involved shooting that occurred early Friday morning in Memphis.
Preliminary information indicates, following an unrelated call in the 1900 block of Edward Cove, officers with the Memphis Police Department spotted an idling vehicle matching the description of a car linked to a previous “shots fired” call. Officers were also able to determine the vehicle had been reported stolen. According to initial reports, as officers approached the car, they spotted a male asleep inside with what appeared to be a handgun on his lap. Shortly after 6:30 a.m., as officers attempted to make contact with the individual, it is reported that a struggle ensued for the weapon resulting in one officer firing his service weapon and striking the individual. He was transported to a local hospital for treatment. At least one officer suffered minor injury during the incident.
At this time, the investigation remains active and ongoing. TBI agents are working to independently determine the series of events leading to the shooting, including collecting evidence and conducting interviews. Throughout the process, investigative findings will be shared with the District Attorney General for his further review and consideration. The TBI acts solely as fact-finders in its cases and does not determine whether an officer’s actions were justified in these matters. That decision rests with the District Attorney General requesting TBI’s involvement.
The TBI does not identify the officers involved in these types of incidents and instead refers questions of that nature to the respective department to answer as it sees fit.
Any available updates on this investigation will be posted online at TBINewsroom.com.