MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Police in Memphis said an officer fatally shot a man who was a suspect in two shootings.
Memphis Police Deputy Chief Sharonda Hampton said police received calls about shootings on Saturday morning in which two men were taken to hospitals.
According to reports from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the officer-involved shooting happened just after 3 a.m. Saturday in the 4400 block of Summer Avenue.
Multiple officers were in that area before the incident. They had been investigating the two shootings on Berclair Road.
Hampton said an officer found a man fitting the description of the suspect in the shootings and "some type of confrontation occurred."
The officer reportedly tried to stop the man and ordered him to show his hands, but the man did not comply and tried to flee.
That’s when the man stumbled and fell, and when he tried to get up, he reportedly simultaneously reached for his waist and allegedly made a statement threatening the officer’s life.
That’s when the officer fired his weapon twice, and the man died at a hospital.
Authorities identified the man who was killed as 27-year-old Terrence Carlton. They also confirmed they found a firearm that was consistent with the weapon used in the overnight shootings.
Police have not identified the officer. Hampton said the officer has been relieved of duty pending the result of the investigation.
The TBI has taken over the investigation into the shooting.