Former U of M student sentenced for apartment gunfire

Former U of M student sentenced for apartment gunfire
Tyler Davis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - A former University of Memphis student will have to finish serving a year in jail for opening fire inside a housing complex earlier this year.

Tyler Davis, 19, pleaded guilty Friday to a misdemeanor charge of reckless endangerment. Prosecutors opted not to pursue a second charge of unlawful weapon possession.

Davis was arrested Jan. 18 after a manager at the Gather on Southern Apartments told officers she saw a man roll a chair from the lobby into the courtyard, then sit in the chair and fire one shot from a handgun.

The bullet hit the window frame of a first-floor apartment near where a man was inside sleeping, according to the arrest affidavit. No one was injured.

Officers responding to the shots-fired call confronted Davis and found him with a 9 millimeter Springfield Armory handgun loaded with 15 rounds, according to court records.

Davis did not have a handgun carry permit, officers noted.

A judge sentenced Davis to 11 months and 29 days of incarceration with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office. He was also ordered to pay nearly $1,700 in fines and fees.

Davis was given credit for 33 days already served and was set to begin serving the remaining sentence May 24.

The shooting incident was one of several crimes that drew scrutiny to the apartment complex that is popular with students.

The University of Memphis has since opted to take over management of the property.

Another student accused of opening fire at the building with an AR-15 rifle had charges dropped after prosecutors said he was defending himself from a robbery.

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