Investigators release body camera footage of 2018 police shooting during traffic stop

Driver’s death was later ruled a suicide

Body camera video released showing traffic stop with D'Mario Perkins

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - The Shelby County District Attorney General’s Office has released body camera footage of a 2018 officer-involved shooting.

Investigators determined D’Mario Perkins shot and killed himself during a traffic stop before officers opened fire.

In the first moments of the traffic stop, an officer approaches Perkins’ vehicle asking him about the license plate. Perkins responds, “I’m sorry sir, I’m about to kill myself.”

D’Mario Perkins body cam footage released

Seconds later, Perkins opened fire, prompting two officers to do the same.

The medical examiner determined he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound and ruled his death a suicide.

No charges were filed against the officers involved.

Perkins’ family questioned the autopsy and wanted to see footage of the shooting.

WMC Action News 5 did speak to the family’s attorney, Jake Brown, after the video was released. He said at one time the family was considering whether or not there was any wrongdoing on part of the police, which he says was a reasonable suspicion based on the pattern they’ve seen over the last several years in Memphis. However after seeing the video they do believe there was no wrongdoing by the officers.

Brown does say the family has some serious questions about why it took so long for this information to get to the family.

WARNING: The video is graphic and may be disturbing to some viewers.

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