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Family: MPD officer shot unarmed man in the back

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Eric Williams (Source: MPD) Eric Williams (Source: MPD)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The family of a man shot by a Memphis police officer are looking for answers. The shooting took place Friday afternoon outside of the Budget Host Inn and Suites.
 
Police say officers pulled over the car Eric Williams, 29, and two others were in because it matched the description of a vehicle involved in a fatal shooting that happened earlier Friday on Durby Circle.

Williams had outstanding warrants. When police pulled the car over, Williams opened the door and tried to run. The officer who ran after Williams eventually shot him in the buttocks. 

The officer reported that Williams "reach[ed] into his waistband and appear[ed] to pull a handgun and point it at him [the officer]."

"He didn't have a gun," Eric Williams' mother, Brenda Williams, said.

As of Monday, Police still have not found a weapon that Williams may have had on him.

"Why are they in a field looking for a gun three days later, if he would have had a gun, they would have found it right then,"
Williams' cousin, Stacey Purea, added.
 
"He said, 'Momma, I stopped and put my hands up, and they shot at me five times," Brenda Williams said.

"To shoot that many times from the back, that means you were really trying to kill him," says Purea.
 
Williams did have two outstanding warrants and is expected to appear in court on Tuesday. His bond is set at $85,000.
 
Memphis Police Department is still investigating the case.

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