Memphis, TN -- A man shot and killed by a Memphis Police officer on Wednesday night following a road-rage incident had a long criminal history, including opening fire on police.
Daniel Brock, 47, was shot after he charged at officers with one hand behind his back as they tried to talk with him about an earlier road-rage incident near the intersection of I-40 and Sycamore View.
"Once you learn a little bit more about this suspect you will see why this incident took place," Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong said.
Officers were trying to talk with Brock after a driver called 9-1-1 saying Brock was following him, and started spitting and banging on his window near the intersection of I-40 and Whitten Road.
"I have thrown some gestures at people before, and I have had people chase me before actually. That can be scary," said David, who didn't give his last name.
"That's just part of driving, people are going to make you angry, especially here in Memphis," he added.
Officers tried to talk with Brock, but Armstrong said he wouldn't listen to officers.
"After continuous commands from the officers requesting that the suspect stop and show his hands were ignored, an officer shot one time from his duty weapon striking the suspect," police said in a statement.
Brock has a long history with police. In January 1999, Brock was arrested after he opened fire on investigators. Police say Brock, then 33, shot his wife's co-worker after the co-worker intervened in a fight between the two. According to an abc24.com story at the time, Brock left and then returned to the scene, opening fire on investigators.
"There have been some encounters with law enforcement in the past, negative encounters with law enforcement in the past," Armstrong said before Brock's criminal history was confirmed.
Armstrong praised the actions of the other driver for calling 9-1-1 instead of taking matters into his own hands.
The officer who shot Brock remained on paid administrative leave Thursday night pending the outcome of an MPD investigation.
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