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Memphis police shooting: Deadly shooting leads to anger and unrest

13 June 2019

Shelby County Commissioner Tami Sawyer was among the first officials to identify the slain man publicly. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigations said officers went to the home to look for Webber who had outstanding with felony warrants.

"I'm impressed by their professionalism and incredible restraint as they endured concrete rocks being thrown at them and people spitting at them", the mayor tweeted.

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. When officers attempted to prevent him from fleeing in a vehicle, the man rammed his auto into their vehicles before getting out of his vehicle with a weapon.

Violent clashes between police and protesters have broken out in the streets of a working-class Memphis neighborhood after a 21-year-old black man was shot dead by U.S. Marshals during an attempted arrest in his family's front yard. Mayor Jim Strickland said six of the 24 injured officers needed hospital treatment.

Around 25 officers were hurt, with most suffering only light injuries.

Chaos ensued when protesters gathered at the crime scene. Police decked out in riot gear responded by spraying tear gas.

The Memphis Police Department clarified that none of its officers were involved in this confrontation.

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

Tennessee bureau of investigation agents were "investigating the circumstances" of this shooting at the request of the Memphis-area district attorney's office. TBI said it is still reviewing evidence and will share its findings with the district attorney general.

He implored residents to wait until the TBI finishes its investigation before spreading possible misinformation about the shooting. "I need everyone to stay calm", Rallings said. "While police have been supportive of past protests", Rallings added, "we will not allow any acts of violence". A helicopter flew overhead as police cars trickled away. Police cars and a nearby fire station were damaged.

"Let me be clear-the aggression shown towards our officers and deputies tonight was unwarranted", Strickland's statement read. She grew up in Memphis, but left to OH before moving in November to the Frayser neighborhood, a mostly low- to middle-income area north of downtown.

"Every time I turned around, I saw another person with tears in their eyes, furious at another life lost", Demster said.

Memphis police shooting: Deadly shooting leads to anger and unrest