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Suspect killed after twice pointing gun at officer

Waretta Anderson tries never to get cash from an ATM at night.

"Because I'm aware there's a lot of crime going on," she said. "I don't want to draw a lot of attention to myself."

Police may have prevented an ATM robbery in her neighborhood in Frayser early Friday morning. What started out as a routine patrol on Thomas Boulevard ended with one suspect shot to death.

Two patrol officers saw a white truck parked in the shadows of a parking lot. The men inside appeared to be watching a nearby ATM. When the officers pulled up to check it out, the truck sped off.

Investigators say the truck crashed about a block away on Frayser, taking out two telephone poles and leaving utility lines strewn all across the road.

Police arrested one of the suspects on the spot. The other suspect started running down Thomas, stopping twice to aim his gun at the officer chasing him. The second time, the officer fired.

The suspect died where he was shot, at Frayser Circle.

Anytime there's a death in the city it's a tragedy," said Memphis Police Inspector Mark Collins. "However, here at the police department we're fortunate, I'm sure the city is also, we had no officer injured, no citizens injured."

Waretta Anderson feels fortunate too. As a crossing guard, she has spent six years shuttling kids back and forth across Thomas and Frayser boulevards. She worries when something like this hits so close to home.

"It does because we have a lot of kids in this area," she said. "An accident like this, scene like this, could happen at any time."

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