Memphis riot: 36 officers, deputies hurt after U.S. Marshals shoot and kill man, officials say

One man is dead and a community is looking for answers after a deadly officer-involved shooting in Memphis, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said.

According to a news release sent from the TBI around 3 a.m. Thursday, the shooting happened around 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Officers with the United States Marshals Service confronted a man wanted on multiple warrants outside a home in the 2700 block of Durham Street.

The suspect was getting into a vehicle, authorities said.

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The charges he was wanted on have not been released.

"While attempting to stop the individual, he reportedly rammed his vehicle into the officers’ vehicles multiple times before exiting with a weapon," the TBI said.

Officers then used deadly force, shooting and killing the suspect, authorities said.

Shelby County Commissioner Tami Sawyer posted on social media identifying the victim as Brandon Webber.

Hours later, the TBI confirmed his name.


Posts across social media echo the name. Searching #BrandonWebber on Twitter yields hundreds of posts identifying him as well.

After the shooting, chaos erupted in Frayser as hundreds gathered near the scene.

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Memphis police, Shelby County sheriff's deputies and agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives tried to control the crowd.

Officers were seen in full riot gear and used megaphones to try and disperse the group.

Rocks reportedly were thrown at officers. Memphis police cars were hit with chairs as rows of law enforcement officers tried to control the madness, authorities said.

MPD Police Chief Michael Rallings said at least 25 officers and deputies were injured during the violent confrontation. He said the injuries were mostly minor., however, a few were "serious."

Police later updated that total to 36 officers and deputies combined from the agencies who responded who suffered injuries.

However, they confirmed all of the officers have been released from the hospital.

Three people were arrested and charged with Disorderly Conduct and Inciting a Riot.

The Mayor of Memphis, Jim Strickland took to Facebook early in the morning to release the following statement.

As I monitored tonight’s fatal shooting involving the US Marshal’s, I was proud of our first responders. I’m impressed...

Posted by Mayor Jim Strickland on Wednesday, June 12, 2019

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