Family seeks answers following shooting by Memphis police

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Memphis police say Reginald Pointer resisted arrest after officers tried to question him about a break-in. Sometime during the struggle, a gun went off, killing the 24-year-old suspect. Now, Pointer's mother wants to know if officers followed proper procedure.

The shooting happened at 1:00 Tuesday morning near the intersection of Tchulahoma and Democrat.

Police are still trying to determine exactly what happened and are releasing few details.

But Pointer's family said they cannot understand why the young man was shot and killed.

His mother, Shirley Wilson, recalls that last thing her son said to her as she left for work Monday night. "He said 'Momma you going to work?' I said 'Yeah'. He said, 'I love you'. I said 'I love you too.'"

At noon, Wilson received a visit from police.

"They told me 'Is Reginald your son?' I told them yes, and they said he was killed," she said.

Now Wilson and her family are seeking answers.

Investigators said police were patrolling the area in some type of investigation and noticed a Fed Ex security guard chasing Pointer.

When officers caught up with Pointer a few hundred yards away, there was as struggle when they tried to handcuff him, investigators said.

The struggle continued and one shot was fired from the gun of a 10-year Memphis Police Department veteran. Pointer was hit. Police have not released any more details.

Pointer was the father of a 1-month-old daughter.

"Why? That's all I want to know," said Iasia Coleman, the infant's mother.

Pointer did have a record for possession of marijuana, criminal trespass, robbery and burglary of a building.

He was scheduled to appear in court next month on a reckless driving charge.

Click here to e-mail Janice Broach.