MPD releases new details in officer death; 3 injured Downtown

MPD releases new details in officer death; 3 injured Downtown
Justine Welch (Source: MPD)
Justine Welch (Source: MPD)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Memphis Police Department released new details about an incident in Downtown Memphis that led to the death of an officer and injuring of three other people.

Police said the suspect responsible for the incident is a 21-year-old man. The suspect shot two people in front of Westy's on North Main Street, as well as an employee with Bass Pro Shop at the Pyramid.

Witnesses said that a black man was walking down the street, randomly shooting and pointing a gun at others. One witness said he had to console the children of one of the victims.

Two victims, ages 39 and 57, were taken to Regional Medical Center in critical condition.

The Bass Pro Shop employee, 21, was taken to the hospital in non-critical condition, but has since been released.

Bass Pro Shop released the following statement:

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Memphis Police Department and their families during this difficult time.

While an investigation is still ongoing, all indications suggest the incident in the parking lot late Saturday night was an isolated and random act with no apparent connection to our facility or our team members. The entire property is monitored by security and the Memphis Police Department at all times. We are grateful for their ongoing partnership.

The associate was sent to the hospital in non-critical condition and released shortly thereafter. We are not releasing his name or other details at this time.

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Police said the suspect stole the vehicle used to run over MPD Officer Verdell Smith from the 5300 block of Knight Arnold Road around 7:24 p.m. on Saturday.

The suspect was taken into custody. He has been identified as Justin Welch, 21.

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