A minimum of 24 officers and deputies had been injured within the melee, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland mentioned Thursday morning. Six of them had been taken to a hospital.
The turmoil got here after US marshals shot and killed a person Wednesday evening in north Memphis, the mayor mentioned.
Marshals had been making an attempt to cease the person, who was wished on a number of warrants, exterior a house as the person was getting right into a automobile, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation mentioned.
The person “reportedly rammed his automobile into the officers’ autos a number of instances earlier than exiting with a weapon,” the bureau mentioned. “The officers fired hanging and killing the person. No officers had been injured.”
The suspect has not been publicly recognized. However information of his dying unfold shortly as protesters hurled rocks at police, tore down a concrete wall exterior a enterprise and smashed the home windows of squad vehicles and a hearth station.
Along with the 24 wounded officers, two journalists had been additionally injured, the mayor mentioned.
“Let me be clear — the aggression proven towards our officers and deputies tonight was unwarranted,” Strickland mentioned.
However he lauded the composure of the officers as they grew to become targets of assault.
“I used to be pleased with our first responders,” the mayor mentioned. “I am impressed by their professionalism and unimaginable restraint as they endured concrete rocks being thrown at them and folks spitting at them.”