2 arrested, charged with attempted murder of Beale Street Flippe - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

2 arrested, charged with attempted murder of Beale Street Flipper

Tiffany Lewis (Source: MPD) Tiffany Lewis (Source: MPD)
Markeith Miller (Source: MPD) Markeith Miller (Source: MPD)

Two people are in jail, accused of shooting a Beale Street Flipper in an alley off the iconic Memphis road.

Police said surveillance video showed Markeith Miller, 22, shooting at Tajuan Jones.

Jones went to the hospital, but he's expected to make a full recovery.

Miller now faces aggravated assault and attempted first-degree murder charges.

Police also arrested Tiffany Lewis, 25. Officers said she drove Miller to the crime scene, helped him escape and lied to police, saying she fired the gun.

Witnesses told police that Miller, who works at B.B. King’s, fired the shots.

Surveillance footage showed Lewis drive up and Miller jump out of the car and fire shots.

Miller’s family said there was a fight just before the shooting not captured on camera.

They say Miller was defending himself after he was kicked, punched and knocked to the ground. The police affidavit confirms there was a fight before the shooting, but it does not say where it occurred.

Miller has a criminal history that includes a voluntary manslaughter charge in 2010.

As reported July 2, crime stats prove that Beale Street is a safe place to visit. Violence like this does happen, but it is almost always off of Beale Street, involving alcohol and between people who know each other. Then when crime does happen, the Memphis Police Department has a large network of cameras downtown that can help officers find the people responsible.

Police said what happened in the alley behind Beale is an isolated incident.

"People don't talk things out anymore, they pull weapons out," said Colonel Gloria Bullock. "There's no telling who's carrying a weapon or when they might pop. This can happen anywhere." 

Both suspects are scheduled to appear in court Wednesday morning.
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