Heavy Police Presence in Memphis After Reports of Officer-Involved Shooting

A shooting involving a police officer was reported late June 12 at the 2000 block of Durham Avenue in Frayer, North Memphis, Tennessee, drawing a massive police presence on the scene.

Immediate reports emerged of large crowds gathering, as well as rocks and bottles being thrown at officers. Pepper spray or tear gas was then used to disperse the crowd.

Members of the Tennesse Bureau of Investigation (TBI) were called to respond following the shooting.

TBI agents said they were on the way to the scene around 8:20 p.m. local time, according to a post on Twitter.

The TBI was able to confirm that the shooting involved one or more members of the Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force, which is part of the U.S. Marshal Service.

Shortly after the shooting took place, Memphis Police Department (MPD) at Old Allen Station said they had responded to a call for help from the U.S. Marshals.

No officers from MPD were involved in the shooting, although they did assist with crowd and traffic control after.

The officers created a barricade, shoulder to shoulder, near the location of the reported shooting, at Kingsley Avenue and Overton Crossing Street, according to the Memphis Commercial Appeal.

The barricade was created to control the crowd from where the rocks and bottles were being thrown, according to WMC.

Photos showed a line of police officers and patrol vehicles in the surrounding area around 8 p.m, the Commercial Appeal reported.

Local reporter Rebecca Butcher for Local 24 News posted a video of the scene:

Local reporter Luke Jones with WREG-TV said the officers had “created a human wall” and described the scene as “very unusual.”

“Several officers have received minor injuries due to individuals throwing bricks/rocks at the officers. Officers are being check [sic] by paramedics,” MPD wrote on Twitter.

It is not immediately clear what prompted the shooting or the resulting chaos.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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Author: Mimi Nguyen Ly