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Memphis Police Officer Fatally Shoots Suspect

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Posted at 6:17 PM, Jul 18, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-07 05:50:40-04

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Memphis police said a man wanted on multiple warrants was shot and killed during a struggle with a police officer.

Police said the shooting occurred late Friday when the man attacked the officer. Authorities have not identified the suspect or officer.

Authorities said the incident began when the officer stopped a car for a headlight being out. Police said the driver was cited and released, but the passenger was placed in the officer's car without handcuffs while the officer verified the suspect was wanted on warrants.

According to police, when the officer opened the back door, the suspect attacked the officer. During the struggle, officials said the suspect struck the officer with handcuffs. The officer retrieved his weapon and shot the suspect, who died at a hospital.

The officer received bruises and scratches. 

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