Jackson Incident the 6th MPD-Involved Shooting This Year

Jackson Incident the 6th MPD-Involved Shooting This Year

Police Director Toney Armstrong is defending the officers involved in a fatal north Memphis shooting, saying they were simply defending themselves.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - Police Director Toney Armstrong is defending the officers involved in a fatal north Memphis shooting, saying they were simply defending themselves.

"Certainly our officers put themselves in harms way on a daily basis but they have to defend themselves. A vehicle can be used as a weapon just as well as a firearm," he said.

The shooting happened Tuesday night in the 1400-block of Jackson Avenue. Investigators say the officers walked over to talk to a driver because his tags weren't properly registered. Police say the officers had dealt with the man before about the same issue.

That's when the driver jumped back in his Chevy Caprice and hit the gas, hitting both officers; one ended up on the hood. Officers fired their weapons, killing the 28-year-old suspect.

This makes the sixth officer-involved shooting so far this year.

"Another way to look at that we've had 11 officers shot in two years two officers killed. That's a bigger concern for me," Armstrong stated. "It should be a bigger concern for our citizens as well."

The officers who were hit by the car weren't seriously hurt. One was transported to the hospital in non-critical condition and has since been released. The second officer was treated on the scene. Both officers have been relieved of duty pending the outcome of the investigation.

Investigators haven't released the names of the officers or the man who was killed.

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