25 officers injured by rock-throwing protesters after fatal Memphis police shooting

Shelby County Sheriff's deputies brace against the crowd as protesters throw rocks

Shelby County Sheriff's deputies brace against the crowd as protesters throw rocks

Brandon Webber was shot and killed by authorities on Wednesday in the Frayser neighborhood of Memphis, according to Tami Sawyer, Shelby County Commissioner.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has launched an investigation after a deadly officer-involved shooting in the 2000 block of Durham in Frayser.

"This is my district". "I'm impressed by their professionalism and incredible restraint as they endured concrete rocks being thrown at them and people spitting at them".

The shooting occurred around 7 p.m. local time, as officers from the U.S. Marshals Service - Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force tried to take a man into custody. Marshals saw the man get into a vehicle and then proceed to ram task force vehicles several times before exiting with a weapon, McAlister said.

Memphis Police Department said on its Twitter page that several officers received minor injuries due to individuals throwing rocks and bricks.

Two journalists were injured and six police officers were hospitalized in the clashes late Wednesday, according to Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland.

As more protesters arrived, more police appeared, ultimately leading to confrontation.

CBS Memphis affiliate WREG-TV described the scene as "chaos."

Police eventually fired tear gas into the area, which dispersed the crowd. Memphis police were not directly involved in the shooting.

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Memphis police officers were called in to help with crowd control as word of the shooting spread on social media. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation later identified the suspect as Brandon Webber, 20-year-old black man.

Webber was allegedly shot up to 20 times in his family's front yard, according to his cousin Demetrick Skinner, the Daily Memphian reported.

Memphis police, who say they were not involved in the shooting, were called to assist investigators as a crowd grew around the scene.

The TBI said the investigation remains active and ongoing and it will share its findings with the district attorney general.

In one instance captured on social media, protesters used a chair to smash out the back window of a police auto.

"What I need now is for everyone to stay calm", Police Director Michael Rallings said during a news conference early Thursday morning. Police cars and a nearby fire station were damaged.

"Let me be clear - the aggression shown toward our officers and deputies tonight was unwarranted", Strickland said.

"I just want him to see this, know what's going on, to be conscious", she said.

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