Memphis Mayor Praises Restraint of Police During Post-Shooting Riot
Mayor Jim Strickland praised the actions of Memphis Police and Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, which were uninvolved when a Tennessee man was fatally shot by U.S. Marshals, calling them remarkable for what they endured in the post-shooting riot. Six officers were treated at the hospital following the riot.
The Latest: Memphis mayor: 6 officers treated at hospital
MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE — The Latest on fatal police shooting in Memphis (all times local):
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has confirmed the identity of a man killed by a federal fugitive task force as Brandon Webber, a 20-year-old black man.
The TBI says Webber was shot by federal marshals who were trying to arrest him on multiple felony warrants Wednesday evening.
The agency says Webber got into a vehicle and then rammed task force vehicles several times before getting out with a weapon. Agency spokeswoman Keli McAlister says Marshals then opened fire and killed him.
The shooting prompted angry reactions in Webber's neighborhood, where the mayor says protesters threw rocks and spit on Memphis police officers. Mayor Jim Strickland said six of the 24 injured officers needed hospital treatment.
Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland is expressing pride in the city's first responders to the scene of a fatal shooting by federal marshals. His statement says six officers had to be treated at a hospital.
Police director Michael Rallings told a Thursday morning news conference that the slain suspect was being sought for felony warrants. He says a group of protesters gathered and became irate, throwing rocks at officers, and damaging police vehicles and a nearby fire station.
Strickland said he's impressed by the "professionalism and incredible restraint as they endured concrete rocks being thrown at them and people spitting at them."
He said at least two journalists were injured, police cars were damaged, a fire station's windows were shattered and a concrete wall outside a business was torn down.
Memphis police say 25 officers were injured and three people were arrested at the scene of a fatal police shooting.
Police director Michael Rallings said Thursday morning at a news conference that after the shooting of a suspect being sought for felony warrants a group of protesters gathered and became irate, throwing rocks at officers and causing damage to police vehicles and a nearby fire station.
Officers then donned protective riot gear and used a chemical agent that resembles tear gas to disperse the crowd. Rallings said the officers suffered mostly minor injuries but a few were serious.
He implored residents to wait until the TBI finishes its investigation before spreading possible misinformation about the shooting.
A spokeswoman with the Tennessee Borough of Investigation says U.S. Marshals went to a home in Memphis to look for a man with felony warrants before the suspect was fatally shot.
Keli McAlister said at a news conference early Thursday that marshals with the Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force went to a Frayser home about 7 p.m. on Wednesday. They saw the man get into a vehicle and she says the he proceeded to ram police vehicles with his car multiple times and then he exited the car with a weapon.
McAlister says marshals opened fired and the suspect died on the scene.
She did not identify the suspect but family members confirmed to the Daily Memphian that 21-year-old Brandon Weber died.
McAlister did not say how many marshals fired or how many times the man was shot.
Authorities in Tennessee are investigating a shooting involving members of a regional fugitive task force.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said on Twitter that its agents were on the scene of a shooting in Memphis on Wednesday night.The state police agency says the shooting involves the Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force, which includes the U.S. Marshals Service and other law enforcement agencies.
Family members confirmed to the Daily Memphian that 21-year-old Brandon Weber died.
No Memphis police officers were involved in the shooting.
Memphis Police Department said on its Twitter page that several officers received minor injuries due to individuals throwing rocks and bricks.
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