US Marshals were serving a warrant containing multiple violent felony charges. They spotted him getting into a car and tried to stop him. The man, Brandon Webber, 20, then proceeded to ram the police cars before exiting his own car and then he brandished a rifle.
At that point, officers fired and killed the suspect. Not waiting for an actual accounting, mobs formed and started to riot after being egged on by Black activist, Tariq Nasheed, who claimed that Webber was executed just for being Black, without mentioning Webber’s possession of a rifle.
Nasheed should be arrested for inciting a riot.
“Preliminary information indicates that at approximately 7 p.m., multiple officers with the United States Marshals Service – Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force encountered a male, wanted on multiple warrants, outside of a home in the 2700 block of Durham Street as he was getting into a vehicle,” the statement read.
“While attempting to stop the individual, he reportedly rammed his vehicle into the officers’ vehicles multiple times before exiting with a weapon. The officers fired striking and killing the individual. No officers were injured.”
The intense standoff caught the attention of the north Memphis-based Frayser community, as angry crowds quickly formed near the scene.
The situation then went viral on social media, which drew more angry locals, some of whom started throwing concrete rocks and other objects at police, according to The Associated Press.
At least 24 officers were injured, six of whom had to be hospitalized, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said Thursday, CNN reported.
“At least two journalists were injured, multiple police cars were damaged, a fire station’s windows were shattered and a concrete wall outside a business was torn down, [Strickland] said,” the AP reported.