Heavily armed cops and an angry crowd faced off after a man was fatally shot by US marshals in Memphis.
Shortly after the US Marshals shot 20-year-old Brandon Webber early Wednesday evening, people began to gather in the Frayser community in north Memphis and the crowd grew as the protest was live streamed to social media.
People in the crowd threw rocks and bricks and officers suffered mostly minor injuries.
Memphis police responded in riot gear. Cops fired tear gas on the crowd and most people had dispersed by 11pm. Three people were arrested.
Thirty-six cops were injured during the protest Wednesday night, according to the police department. There have been no reports on how many protesters were wounded, but at least two journalists were injured.
A spokesperson from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) said the Fugitive Task Force went to a Frayser home to look for a suspect with warrants. They say marshals saw the man getting into a vehicle and ramming task force vehicles before he got out with a weapon. Marshals opened fire, killing the man, the spokesperson said. The TBI identified the dead man as Webber. According to Shelby County Commissioner, Tami Sawyer, Webber was shot 16-20 times in his family’s front yard. Webber had two children and a third on the way.
Officials provided no information on the charges that prompted the task force’s interest in Webber.