MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – U.S. Marshals arrested a second suspect in connection to a violent armed robbery that led to last month’s anti-police protests in Frayser.
U.S. Marshals arrested Andre Morris at the Highland Hills Apartments in Hickory Hill Friday. The first suspect, Brandon Webber was shot and killed on June 12th as marshals tried to arrest him.
Desoto County District Attorney John Champion says a warrant was issued for Morris because he helped Brandon Webber steal a car in Hernando. Morris was wanted on a warrant out of Desoto County for a June 3rd armed robbery, conspiracy, and aggravated assault.
A day after Webber’s death, Desoto County authorities held a news conference saying Webber and another man, now identified as Morris, arranged to meet a man in Hernando to buy a car, but instead shot the man five times and stole the car.
When marshals with the Fugitive Task Force went to arrest Webber in Frayser on June 12th, they say he rammed officers’ vehicles multiple times and then pulled a gun. Officers fired, killing Webber, sparking protests and violence in Frayser.
At least 36 police officers and sheriff’s deputies were injured while trying to protect the scene and control the crowd as protesters threw rocks and bricks.
Investigators say 22-year-old Morris surrendered without a struggle and was booked in the Shelby County Jail. Morris will be arraigned Monday and will eventually be extradited to Desoto County.