Memphis City Council flooded with complaints after Bartlett officer shooting

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Memphis City Council members said Tuesday they have been flooded with community complaints since a Bartlett officer shot and killed a Memphis man while serving a warrant.

Council member Barbara Ware made her own determination after Bartlett Police Officer Patrick Cici shot and killed suspected Memphis drug dealer Malcolm Shaw.

"It's my opinion that one of my constituents was murdered," she said Tuesday.

Council members said people from across Memphis sent them complaints.

"This is an example of what frightens people," council member Wanda Halbert said.

Memphis Police Director Larry Godwin said Bartlett police and the TBI are still investigating the shooting, so he could only share what he knows.

"Bartlett Police made an arrest in Bartlett, which led them to the address on Standridge," he said.

On March 8, undercover Bartlett officers bought marijuana from Shaw.  Two days later, the received an arrest warrant.  On March 11 at 10:29 a.m., Bartlett officers made first contact with Memphis police dispatch, asking for a Code S.

"A Code S is a Code Sierra, meaning there's an operation going on and for marked units to pretty much stay out of the area," Godwin said.

Five minutes after arriving at Shaw's residence, Bartlett officers requested an ambulance.  At 10:46 a.m., they requested help with crowd control from Memphis police.  At the same time, paramedics with the Memphis Fire Department pronounced Shaw dead.

At that moment, Godwin said, the Memphis police homicide investigation began.  Shaw was found on the floor of his bedroom with a single gunshot to the chest, his 9MM nearby.

"Investigators located a Laurenson 9mm pistol, Model L9MM," Godwin said. 'The magazine had 10 live rounds."

At Tuesday's council committee meeting, the sequence of events troubled Ware.

"It concerns me," She said. "Saying, 'Don't show up.' Then, you call for an ambulance in five minutes. That was really quick to kill someone."

Council member Janis Fullilove agreed.

"Many people were also concerned the investigation in the DA's Office was over just like that," Fullilove said.

Godwin said the Shelby County District Attorney deemed it justifiable homicide with facts from the Memphis police investigation.

According to Godwin, all area police chiefs, as well as the Shelby County sheriff, met Tuesday to talk about protocol.

By law, Bartlett officers had a right to be in Memphis because they're deputized, meaning they have jurisdiction all over the county.  The Memphis City Council will discuss this when they have more information in two weeks.

Meanwhile, Officer Cici is back at work in non-enforcement status. Bartlett's Police Chief said he does not want to put out any info about the shooting until his investigation is complete.

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