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Man indicted in deadly shooting of man he thought was stealing tools from his truck

51-year-old Bobby Freeze was indicted for second-degree murder in the death of Tommie Carpenter, who crashed into a school after being shot.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Editor's Note: video above is from May 2021.

UPDATE: 12/2/2921 - A Shelby County Grand Jury has indicted a Memphis man accused of shooting a man who he claimed was stealing tools from his parked truck.

The Shelby County District Attorney General’s Office said the grand jury indicted 51-year-old Bobby Freeze for second-degree murder in the death of 47-year-old Tommie Carpenter.

The shooting happened just before 8:00 a.m. on May 17, 2021 in the 4800 block of Summer Avenue. Investigators said Freeze ran out of a breakfast shop when he said he saw someone stealing tools from his truck.

They said Freeze told them he shouted at the man to stop, then fired two shots as the man was driving away. Investigators said Carpenter was hit in the back of the head and crashed into a school - Aurora Collegiate Academy. 

Carpenter died three days later.

Freeze is out on $50,000 bond as he awaits trial.


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5/17/2021: 7:15pm - 51-year-old Bobby Freeze has been charged with Criminal Attempt Second Degree Murder and Employment of a Firearm During the Commission of a Dangerous Felony, according to the Memphis Police Department.


A man driving a van crashed into a school on Summer Ave. early Monday morning after being shot.

According to the Memphis Police Department, the man crashed into the Aurora Collegiate Academy at 4841 Summer between 7:30 - 8 a.m.

Investigators found that the man driving the van had been shot before crashing.

A man has been detained for questioning.

If you have information about this shooting, call Crime Stoppers at (901) 528-CASH.

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