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Police say black man killed in Memphis was sought in shooting


Added 06-13-19 11:10:07pm EST - “A young black man slain by federal agents as they tried to arrest him in Memphis...” - Reuters.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Reuters.com: “Police say black man killed in Memphis was sought in shooting”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (Reuters) - A young black man slain by federal agents as they tried to arrest him in Memphis, touching off violent protests, was wanted in the shooting of a man in Mississippi earlier this month, law enforcement officials said on Thursday.

At least two dozen police officers were injured on the streets of Memphis in demonstrations after Brandon Webber, 20, was killed on Wednesday night by members of a federal fugitive task force seeking to take him into custody on aggravated assault charges.

In the aftermath of clashes between police and protesters, the district attorney for DeSoto County, Mississippi, where Webber was suspected of shooting a man to steal his car, on Thursday afternoon defended the actions of the federal marshals.

“This was a violent felon who did not obviously want to go to jail. And (the marshals) ended up, from my knowledge, doing what they had to do up there, not only to protect themselves but protect other people in the neighborhood,” DeSoto County prosecutor John Champion told reporters. “It’s obvious that he had no appreciation for the value of human life.”

The marshals were seeking Webber on warrants stemming from the June 3 incident in Hernando, Mississippi, which is just south of Memphis.

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