Memphis officer shoots at 3 people in 5 years

Memphis officer shoots at 3 people in 5 years

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A Memphis police officer shot at three people in the past five years, according to an internal affairs file.

Memphis Police Department documents show Officer Leon Dickson faced an internal affairs investigation three times for shooting and killing two people, and for shooting at a third person during separate incidents while on the job.

Police said Dickson was justified in firing his gun two out of the three times. The other incident is still under investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

The incident still under investigation happened March 23, 2016.

Officer Dickson shot and killed Alexio Allen, 30, at his family's home on Dillard Road.

Allen's fiancee, Debra Nesbit, and the rest of Allen's family said they are still having nightmares.

"I can't sleep hardly. I don't want to sleep in my house," Nesbit said.

"I'm still hurting inside and my wounds, I don't know when they'll heal," Natasha Lagaite, Allen's sister, said.

Nesbit said Allen died in her arms. Now she's learning the officer who killed him has shot at two other people in five years on the job.

According to documents, in April of 2011, Dickson shot at a man who fired shots towards him as he was assisting in the arrest of a man at the Ridgecrest Apartments. No one was hit in this incident. Police found Dickson to be in compliance with the deadly force policy, and said Dickson was justified in firing his weapon in this case.

In March 2013, Officer Dickson shot and killed George Golden, a shoplifting suspect, in a Walmart parking lot. Police said Golden became irate and reached into his waistband as if he was concealing a weapon, though he did not have a weapon on him.

Dickson opened fire on Golden. He died 10 days later at the hospital.  An investigation into Dickson's actions also found this shooting to be justified.

Now, the TBI is investigating the shooting death of Alexio Allen, 30, by Officer Leon Dickson.

Dickson responded to Allen's home after his family called dispatch and said he was hallucinating and had a gun. When Dickson showed up, police said Allen pointed the gun towards the officer.

Dickson fired his gun, shooting and killing Allen. Allen's family disputes the claims and said Allen never pointed a gun at the officer.

"He had no weapon in his hand when he was shot," Nesbit said.

"Everything will come to light. God knows; he knows," Lagaite said.

Memphis Police Department released Officer Dickson's personnel file Tuesday. It showed Dickson had nothing but good reviews in 2014.

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