Man charged in deadly shooting at Southaven Walmart arraigned


MEMPHIS, Tenn. ( – Martez Abram, charged with killing two former coworkers at a Southaven Walmart, was arraigned Tuesday in a Shelby County courtroom.

A public defender was requested and the hearing reset to Wednesday.

Martez is charged with killing two Walmart managers, Anthony Brown and Brandon Gales, on Tuesday, July 30th. A police report says Abram showed a knife to a co-worker a few days before while in an argument over inventory. Abram was suspended, but no charges were issued at the time.  

Southaven Police Chief Macon Moore said during the shooting, officers found Abram on the west side of the building and he fired, hitting and injuring one of the officers. The officers returned fire, injuring Abram. Southaven leaders said a bulletproof vest likely saved that officer’s life.

Officials also said Abram set a fire in the baby section of the Walmart, but a suspicious package checked out by the Shelby County Bomb Squad turned out to be a false alarm.

Authorities searched Abram’s home and recovered at least two weapons and his car for evidence.

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