Tennessee investigates shooting involving sheriff deputies

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Posted: Jul 07, 2016 6:09 PM

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Deputies in the Memphis suburb of Cordova shot and wounded a knife-carrying suspect on Thursday, and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is investigating.

Shelby County deputies were responding to a report that someone was driving erratically after a hit-and-run, when they encountered Edmond Otis Studdard walking down the road with a knife, a bureau statement said.

The TBI provided few details of the confrontation, other than deputies fired two shots at Studdard, who was taken to a hospital where his condition was not immediately available.

Separately, emergency dispatchers received a call about a possible suicide attempt at the location of the shooting, resulting in a person being taken by ambulance to a hospital, Shelby County Fire Department spokesman Brent Perkins said.

TBI spokeswoman Susan Niland said she wasn't aware of that emergency call.

The bureau is investigating at the request of the local district attorney general, as it has with all officer-involved shootings in Memphis and Shelby County since the fatal shooting of 19-year-old Darrius Stewart in July 2015 by a Memphis Police officer during a traffic stop. Three more shootings by Memphis Police are under investigation this year.

Police killings of black men in Minnesota and Louisiana this week have reignited fury over the treatment of black suspects, with President Barack Obama saying the U.S. has a "serious problem."

Studdard is white, Niland said. She said she didn't know races of the deputies involved.