Memphis Officer Involved Shooting

Published 01/28 2016 06:33AM

Updated 01/28 2016 06:45AM

MEMPHIS, Tn --

Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation are investigating a deadly police officer-involved shooting in South Memphis. 

It happened just before 3:00 p.m. Wednesday when two Memphis police officers attempted to pull over a car for a traffic violation at Trezvant St. and Lowell Ave.

When the driver refused to pull over, police say the officers in two cruisers started a short pursuit.  

Investigators say, for safety reasons, the officers terminated the pursuit and continued to watch the car travel recklessly down the street and eventually crash into another car on South Parkway. The driver and passenger jumped out of a car and started running from the scene.

The officers and an off-duty Shelby County Deputy, who was in the area,  began running after the suspects. Investigators say that's when one of the suspects opened fire on the officers and deputy.

The two Memphis officers returned fire, hitting one of the suspects. He  died on the scene.  The second suspect fled and is still on run Wednesday night.

According to a TBI spokesperson, the off-duty SCSO deputy did not fire his weapon. 

Investigators have not confirmed the identity of the person killed.  But Mario Duncan said it was his 30-year-old brother-in-law Jonathan Bratcher.   He questions what really happened. "You're not in danger if this man done jumped out the car and ran," said Duncan. "how is his life in danger if you done hit him with the car and threw him in handcuffs and shot him in the back of the head?"

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation called in more than a dozen agents and forensic scientists to investigate the scene. Once all of the evidence is gathered and processed, the TBI will present its findings to the Shelby County District Attorney for further review. 

"I have been made aware of an officer-involved shooting today," said Memphis Mayor Strickland. "However, TBI is the lead agency investigating. I am not at the liberty to discuss the details of this case. This is a reminder of the danger our officers face on a daily basis, even on something as routine as a traffic stop." 

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