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Fatal Shooting of Brandon Webber Results in Protests in Memphis and 24 Police Officers Being Injured

Protests broke out in Memphis Wednesday after law enforcement officers fatally shot a 20-year-old man named Brandon Webber.

Webber was killed by officers with the US Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force. According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI), officers claim he “rammed his vehicle into the officers’ vehicles multiple times before exiting with a weapon”.

The bureau also stated, “The officers fired[,] striking and killing the individual. No officers were injured.”

District Attorney General Amy Weirich said Brandon had been wanted on “multiple warrants, including violent felony offenses,” for an incident that occurred on June 3.

Weirich also said the D.A.’s office would review the incident “to determine whether any criminal laws were violated by officers involved in the shooting.”

Family members told the Daily Memphian that Brandon had been shot up to 20 times.

According to a statement Brandon’s father gave to Reuters, he was a father of two who had plans to attend college.

Another man who says he is Brandon’s cousin, tweeted a video saying he was shot, left for dead and police “didn’t get him in the ambulance just left him in the grass.”

Keli McAlister, a spokeswoman for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, said in a news conference early Thursday that it was “unclear” how many marshals had fired at Webber, according to The Washington Post.

A person named Ronni Williams who also claims to be Webber’s cousin took to Twitter to defend him as an “honor student” who should not be labeled as a “drug dealer.”

Shortly after the shooting the Frayser neighborhood in Memphis erupted with protests that would leave at least 24 police officers injured. The Memphis Police Department reported that several officers received “minor injuries” as a result of protesters who threw bricks and rocks at them. Police responded with tear gas.

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According to a Facebook post from Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland six of the 24 officers injured had been taken to the hospital. Two journalist were also injured.

The mayor said he was “proud of our first responders” for their “professionalism and incredible restraint as they endured concrete rocks being thrown at them and people spitting at them.”

“Let me be clear — the aggression shown towards our officers and deputies tonight was unwarranted,” Strickland said.

Tami Sawyer, the Shelby County commissioner and a candidate for mayor of Memphis, expressed her support for the protestors in a tweet, saying “people are hurting.”

Sawyer also cautioned the NAACP for referring to the unrest as “riots,” calling it racially coded language that “distracts and distances people from the depth of what’s occurring.”

We will continue to update this article as additional information is uncovered.

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