MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Armed officers and an angry mob 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 that the men in the crowd threw rocks and bricks, and with a number of people suffered minor injuries. Officers cordoned off several blocks near the scene. By 11 a.m., officers used tear gas, and most of the crowd dispersed, and the day to day Memphian has been reported .
Officers on horseback guarded the area, and a line of police cars with flashing blue lights, were parked along the street. An ambulance can be seen on the left side of the stage. A helicopter was flying overhead and the police car dropped away.
The authorities gave few details, an hour after the incident. 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 tweeted that she was in the area, but said there was no update for a certain period of time.” Memphis police said that none of the officers involved in the shooting.
A local official identified the victim as Brandon Has said that he was shot multiple times in his family’s front yard. Family members confirmed to the Daily Memphian that the 21-year-old of Weber’s death.
The identification of Has been on Twitter early Thursday, the Shelby County Commissioner, and mayoral candidate, Tami Sawyer, said: “The life has gone out of business…one-on-one. How often should this be ok? It can’t be that way.”
The passion of Anderson, a 34-year-old college student, brought along her 13-year-old son at the beginning of the scene on Thursday. She grew up in Memphis and have recently moved back to the Frayser neighborhood, a largely low-to middle-income area with modest single-family homes and apartment buildings. She said that she was concerned about her son’s safety each and every day to be in Memphis to fight the crime and gang activity.
“I want to see him, and know what is going on, in order to raise awareness,” she said. “I’m worried about him all the time.”