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Memphis, Tennessee - 13 June 2019
1. SOUNDBITE (English) Keli McAlister, Spokeswoman, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation:
"TBI agents are investigating the circumstances surrounding an officer involved shooting that occurred in the Frazier community of Memphis, Wednesday evening. Preliminary information indicates that at approximately 7 p.m., multiple officers with the United States Marshal Service, Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force encountered a male wanted on multiple warrants outside of a home in the 2700 block of Durham Street as he was getting into a vehicle. While attempting to stop the individual he reportedly rammed his vehicle into the officer's vehicles multiple times before exiting with a weapon. The officers fired striking, and killing the individual. No officers were injured."
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Keli McAlister, Spokeswoman, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation:
"At this point what I can say is he was wanted on felony warrants."
(Reporter: "And it was the U.S. marshals involved in the police action shooting? No Shelby County Sheriff's Deputies or Memphis Police Officers?"
McAlister: "That is correct. U.S. Marshals were involved in this one."
Armed officers and an angry crowd faced off late Wednesday night after reports that at least one man was fatally shot by authorities in a working-class north Memphis neighborhood.
Memphis police said people in the crowd threw rocks and bricks, with 25 officers suffering minor mostly minor injuries. Officers cordoned off several blocks near the scene. By 11 p.m., officers had used tear gas and most of the crowd dispersed, police director Michael Rallings said at a Thursday morning at a news conference. Three people were arrested.
Officers on horseback patrolled the area, and lines of police cars with flashing blue lights were parked along the street. An ambulance could be seen at the outer edge of the scene. A helicopter flew overhead as police cars trickled away.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said its agents were on the scene of a shooting involving a regional anti-crime task force. TBI spokeswoman Keli McAlister said early Thursday that the Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force went to a Frayser home to look for a suspect with felony warrants. Marshals saw the man get into a vehicle and then proceed to ram police vehicles several times before exiting with a weapon, McAlister said. Police then opened fire, killing the man who died at the scene. McAlister did not say how many marshals fired or how many times the man was shot.
Memphis police said none of its officers was involved in the shooting.
One local official identified the victim as Brandon Webber and said he was shot several times in his family's front yard. Family members confirmed to the Daily Memphian that 21-year-old Weber died.
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