The Latest: State investigating Tennessee shooting by police
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on the shooting of a man by a police officer in Tennessee (all times local):
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says it is investigating the shooting of a man by a police officer during a traffic stop in Memphis, Tennessee.
Memphis police spokeswoman Karen Rudolph says 25-year-old Martavious Banks is in critical condition Tuesday after he was shot during a confrontation with officers on Monday. A police officer has been relieved of duty pending the result of the investigation.
After the shooting, Memphis police said it was doing its own investigation, rather than have the TBI look into it, because Banks did not die. TBI investigates officer-involved shootings that involve a death in Tennessee.
On Tuesday, Shelby County district attorney Amy Weirich asked the TBI, the state’s police agency, to investigate the shooting. TBI spokeswoman Susan Niland confirmed the investigation.
Protesters gathered at the scene where officers in Tennessee shot a man who remains in critical condition.
Citing a Memphis police tweet, news outlets report an armed man fled on foot during a traffic stop Monday, and was shot following a confrontation. At the scene, Janice Banks identified the man as her son, 25-year-old Martavious Banks.
Protesters disputed the official account, asserting he was shot in the back and questioning whether he fired a gun. They asked why the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation wasn’t looking into the shooting, suggesting a cover-up. Police say the TBI isn’t involved because Banks didn’t die.
Police haven’t disclosed the names, races and number of officers who opened fire.
Around midnight, a small group remained. Maj. Doreen Shelton told officers to leave, saying police were just “aggravating them.”