Published: Thu, June 13, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Protests Over Memphis Man's Death Escalate; 24 Officers Wounded

Protests Over Memphis Man's Death Escalate; 24 Officers Wounded

Shelby County Commissioner and mayoral candidate Tami Sawyer tweeted that he had been shot several times in his family's front yard. The U.S. Marshals Service declined to give specifics on the warrants.

The Memphis Police Department said none of its officers were involved in the shooting.

At least 25 officers were injured in the chaos.

The suspect rammed into the marshals' vehicle and then displayed a weapon, Keli McAlister, a spokeswoman for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, said in a news conference early Thursday.

The agency says Webber got into a vehicle and then rammed task force vehicles several times before getting out with a weapon. The officers opened fire, striking and killing the man.

The mother of his toddler son was reportedly in labor in hospital when Webber was killed. Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said Thursday that at least 24 officers were injured, including six who were hospitalized, along with two journalists, per CNN.

Officers shot at Webber as many as 20 times, his cousin Demetrick Skinner said.

But he lauded the composure of the officers as they became targets of attack.

He applauded police for their "incredible restraint as they endured concrete rocks being thrown at them and people spitting at them", adding that "the aggression shown towards our officers and deputies tonight was unwarranted". He died at the scene, according to officers.

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Rallings said MPD supports people protesting, but not when it turns violent.

Police retreat under a cloud of tear gas as protesters disperse from the scene of a standoff in Memphis, Tenn., on June 12, 2019. Rallings said the officers suffered mostly minor injuries but a few were serious.

Rallings implored residents to wait until the TBI finishes its investigation before spreading possible misinformation about the shooting.

At least two dozen police officers were hurt Wednesday while trying to fend off protesters in Memphis, where tensions are high following a fatal shooting by U.S. marshals.

The man allegedly tried to ram his vehicle into officers before emerging with a weapon, police say, and was then shot.

McAlister did not say how many marshals fired or how many times the man was shot.

Tennessee bureau of investigation agents were "investigating the circumstances" of this shooting at the request of the Memphis-area district attorney's office.

The fugitive, who has not been officially identified, was attempting to leave an area in Memphis's Frayser neighborhood when he was confronted by agents of the U.S. Marshals Service-Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force.

Memphis police officers were called in to help with crowd control as word of the shooting spread on social media.

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