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Charges dropped against security guard who killed man outside midtown Memphis Walgreens

The Shelby County District Attorney dropped charges against Devin Mitchell in the death of Michael Birdsong.
Credit: Shelby County Sheriff's Office
Devin Mitchell

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — UPDATE 3/5/2021 - The Shelby County District Attorney's Office said Friday it has dropped charges against Devin Mitchell in the death of Michael Birdsong.

In a statement to Local 24 News, the DA's office said charges were "dismissed today by our office after an ongoing review concluded the shooting was justified."

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2/22/2021 - A Mid-South security guard is charged with shooting and killing a man outside a midtown Memphis Walgreens store.

The shooting happened about 9:45 p.m. Saturday at the store at Poplar and Cleveland.

According to a police affidavit, Devin Mitchell was working as a security officer when he told Michael Birdsong to leave the property. Mitchell told investigators that Birdsong said he wasn’t going anywhere, then put his hands in the waist of his pants.

Mitchell said he thought Birdsong was reaching for a gun even though he never saw one, and he shot Birdsong in the face.

Birdsong died at the hospital.

Mitchell is charged with second-degree murder, and his bond is set at $250,000.

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