Police: Man with shotgun fatally shot by officer in Memphis

AP News
|
Posted: Mar 24, 2016 11:19 AM

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A police officer shot and killed a man in Tennessee who had pointed a gun at him, authorities said Thursday.

Memphis Police Department spokesman Louis Brownlee said officers were called to a home Wednesday night and began speaking with the man. He did not comply with officers' orders and pointed a shotgun at an officer, who then shot the man.

The man died at a hospital. He was 30 years old. Brownlee said both the man and the officer who shot him are black. The names of the man and the officer have not been released.

Brownlee said the man had a mental condition but did not release further details. Brownlee referred further questions to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, which is taking over the investigation.

A woman who identified herself as the man's sister told WMC-TV that she and the man's fiancee were trying to get an ambulance to take him to get help.

"They escalated the situation," Natasha Lagaite told the station. "We had it under control. He was calm."

This is the third man shot by Memphis officers in the past year.