The Latest: Memphis to bolster security after shootings

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Posted: Jun 06, 2016 7:36 PM
The Latest: Memphis to bolster security after shootings

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on the shooting of three people and the killing of a police officer in Memphis (all times local):

6 p.m.

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland is announcing plans to bolster security on the city's highways and in the downtown entertainment district after a man was charged with shooting three people and then fatally striking a Memphis police officer with a stolen car over the weekend.

Strickland addressed media during a news conference Monday at City Hall, hours after 21-year-old Justine Welch appeared by video before a judge in Shelby County court. Welch is being held without bond on charges including the attempted murder of three surviving shooting victims and the death of Officer Verdell Smith on Saturday night near Beale Street, the city's main tourist drag.

Strickland said plans are in the works to increase the presence of Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers on highways and place sheriff's deputies in and around Beale Street. Strickland is also sticking to his approach of increasing the use of data driven policing.

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11:30 a.m.

A 21-year-old man charged with shooting three people and then fatally striking a Memphis police officer with a stolen car said he intends to hire an attorney in his case.

Justine Welch appeared before a judge by video on Monday morning. Welch said his family was working on hiring a lawyer, and the judge set a Wednesday hearing to find out who the lawyer is.

Welch is being held without bond on charges including first-degree murder, vehicular homicide and attempted first-degree murder.

Police said the three people were shot in two downtown Memphis locations on Saturday night, but they survived. Police said 46-year-old Officer Verdell Smith, who was working with other officers to clear the area, died after being hit by Welch, who was fleeing in the stolen car.