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TBI investigating Memphis police officer-involved shooting in Frayser

Updated: Dec. 27, 2019 at 1:15 PM CST
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is investigating a deadly officer-involved shooting in Frayser.

The shooting happened just before midnight Thursday on Hallbrook near Corning Avenue. Right now investigators are still piecing together what exactly led to the officers firing their weapons.

The man who was killed in this incident was identified as Antonio Smith Jr., 35.

Anthony Smith, 35, was killed Dec. 26, 2019 in an officer-involved shooting.
Anthony Smith, 35, was killed Dec. 26, 2019 in an officer-involved shooting.(SCSO)

According to TBI, Memphis Police officers originally responded to an unrelated “prowler” call in this area when they heard a disturbance between three people -- one of them being Smith.

Officers approached the individuals, and TBI says Smith was armed and noncompliant. That’s when the situation escalated.

Officer-involved Shooting Hallbrook and Corning At approximately 11:30 p.m., officers responded to a prowler call in the 3600 block of Hallbrook. Officers checked the location, and before clearing the scene, officers heard a loud disturbance across the street. Officers approached the individuals who were involved, and at this point, we are unsure of what occurred; however, we can confirm that two officers did fire their duty weapon. One male was shot and has been pronounced deceased. TBI has been notified and is on the scene. This investigation will be handled by TBI. "The loss of life is unfortunate regardless of the situation. Our prayers go out to the family members of the deceased, " said Director Rallings. Again, TBI is handling this incident. All additional information regarding this incident will come from TBI.

Posted by Memphis Police Department est.1827 on Friday, December 27, 2019

We are still waiting to learn more about what exactly happened in the moments before the shooting and with what Smith was armed.PD says no officers were injured in this incident. This is now the department’s third officer involved shooting for the year.

We will continue to bring you more updates as they are available.

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