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City of Memphis: TBI to investigate all fatal shootings involving MPD officers

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According to City of Memphis, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation will become the lead agency in all fatal shooting investigations involving Memphis Police Department officers, effective immediately.

Memphis officials added that MPD officers will continue to notify their commanding officer when they have to shoot their gun, per the Command Officer Notification policy.

If the shooting kills someone, then MPD command staff will have to immediately notify TBI to investigate the scene.

Previously, MPD internal affairs detectives handled all such cases unless TBI was specifically called in to help investigate.

However, TBI later said that under Tennessee law, it can only enter an investigation at the request of a District Attorney. A police department cannot ask them to look into these matters.

Later, a spokesperson for MPD clarified that in the case of a fatal officer-involved shooting, the District Attorney General's office will review the findings, then notify TBI to proceed with the investigation.

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