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Memphis officers injured after U.S. marshals kill fugitive

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 6/13/19, 10:17 am

An angry crowd clashed with police officers in Memphis, Tenn., Wednesday night after U.S. marshals shot and killed a man in a working-class neighborhood. People in the crowd threw rocks, and 25 officers suffered mostly minor injuries. Police used tear gas and dispersed the crowd by 11 p.m. Wednesday night, police director Michael Rallings said at a news conference Thursday morning. Three people were arrested.

The Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force went to a home in the Frayser neighborhood to search for a suspect with felony warrants, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Keli McAlister said. Marshals saw the man get into a car and ram task force vehicles before coming out with a weapon. The marshals opened fire, killing the man. Memphis police was called in to help with crowd control after the shooting.

One local official identified the suspect as Brandon Webber and said he was shot in his family’s front yard. Family members confirmed to The Daily Memphian that Webber, 21, died. Rallings asked residents to wait for the TBI to finish its investigation of the shooting before spreading possible misinformation.

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Rachel Lynn Aldrich

Rachel is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. Follow Rachel on Twitter @Rachel_Lynn_A.

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  • Red Acted
    Posted: Thu, 06/13/2019 02:20 pm

    Ms. Aldrich refers to Brandon Webber as a "victim". This is incorrect. He was a perpetrator of crimes, both in this incident and in previous incidents leading to this attempted arrest. Had Mr. Webber used is gun or car to injure someone, that person would be the victim.

  • Web Editor
    Posted: Thu, 06/13/2019 02:45 pm

    We have edited the article to note that that man who was shot and killed by U.S. marshals was a suspect.

  • Laura W
    Posted: Thu, 06/13/2019 09:08 pm

    This makes me so sad. I understand that racism is a real concern, even unconscious racism, and sometimes people do get hurt and die because the police assume things too quickly. But if anyone, if any group of people, starts to view the police as the enemy, then police officers will have to respond accordingly. Which in all likelihood will perpetuate this cycle.