Memphis residents clash with police after fatal shooting of armed suspect

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The fatal shooting of a suspect who reportedly emerged from his vehicle with a weapon after ramming the vehicles of approaching law enforcement officers sparked a clash between Memphis, Tenn., residents and police on Wednesday night, according to reports.

The decedent remained unnamed by authorities but was identified by two local politicians and on numerous social media posts as Brandon Webber, 20. Moreover, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said early Thursday that the suspect killed by the U.S. Marshals Service had been wanted on numerous warrants, Fox 13 reported.

In the violence that followed, at least two-dozen law enforcement officers and at least two journalists were injured, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland wrote on Facebook.

Furthermore, Strickland added, “Multiple police cars were vandalized. A concrete wall outside a business was torn down. The windows were broken out at fire station 31.”

One video posted online showed a man smashing a chair against a police vehicle.

Memphis police reported that they had received a call for assistance from the U.S. Marshals Service earlier in the evening.

The Commercial Appeal of Memphis reported that a “tense standoff” developed between law enforcement and residents after the shooting, which took place in the Frayser neighborhood.

As the crowd grew restless, several gunshots were heard and police officers were equipped with riot control gear.

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) also responded, FOX 13 reported.

The crowd began to disperse around 10 p.m., the Commercial Appeal reported.

 

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