Memphis Police investigate deadly shooting of four-year-old

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MEMPHIS, TN – According to reports, Memphis Police are actively investigating the deadly shooting of a four-year-old child that transpired on the evening of April 3rd. While police officials have only released limited details, here is what we know so far.

Authorities say that the shooting incident occurred within the 1000 block of Lexington.

Apparently, an individual was standing outside of the vehicle that held the child and an unspecified number of other adults and some sort of altercation occurred between the two parties.

Reports indicate that gunfire that emanated from the inside of the vehicle wound up striking the four-year-old boy.

The child was transported to Le Bonheur hospital but unfortunately did not survive.

Officials have not stated who, if anybody, was taken into custody regarding this incident. Memphis Police have not provided a name for the deceased child as of this writing.

This is an ongoing investigation.

Please follow Law Enforcement Today as we continue to gather further insight into this developing matter. 

In other news coming out of Memphis, authorities are also investigating a non-fatal shooting of a woman that occurred during the afternoon of April 3rd. 

Much like the earlier mentioned investigation, Memphis Police officials have not shared too much insight into the incident. 

In a tweet shared by the police department, the following was noted about the incident: 

“Officers are on the scene of a shooting at 1000 Rayner. One adult female has been struck in the leg and transported to Regional One in critical condition. No suspect information at this time.”

As of April 4th, the MPD has not confirmed whether any suspects have been taken into custody regarding the non-fatal shooting. The victim in this incident has also not yet been publicly identified. 

With respect to the circumstances revolving around the shooting, police officials have not noted what led up to the shooting or any possible motivations regarding it. 

Back in mid-March, Law Enforcement Today shared a report regarding a non-fatal, officer-involved shooting of a suspect armed with a bat and axe. 

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Authorities released the bodycam footage from the incident, which effectively serves as a prime example on how outside parties intervening during officers’ attempts to diffuse situations can make matters all the worse. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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NASHVILLE, TN – Officials have released the bodycam footage regarding a non-fatal officer-involved shooting that occurred during the evening of March 12th. 

In the released video, the suspect can be seen carrying both a baseball bat and an axe – which the suspect appears to be positioning the axe to swing down on a responding officer before she was shot by police. 

The incident occurred shortly after 5:00 p.m. on March 12th, when Metro Police officers were dispatched to the 2800 block of Greer Road in Goodlettsville where they encountered 33-year-old Melissa Wooden as she was holding both a pick axe and baseball bat.

According to reports, dispatch had reportedly informed officers that Wooden was claiming that she wanted police to shoot her: 

“Be advised that she is saying that she wants the police to come so that they can shoot her.”

In the newly released video showcasing the interaction between officers and Wooden, the onset of the interaction was calm – namely due to the officer’s demeanor and tone of voice from whom the bodycam footage presents the perspective of. 

That officer was later identified as Officer Ben Williams.

Wooden and the officers engaged in some back-and-forth, mainly consisting of officers kindly asking Wooden to put down the axe and baseball bat. 

In a calm tone, Officer Williams was trying to convey that no one was trying to do her harm: 

“Melissa. Nobody is going to kill you. No one is going to harm you. You know how this ends. OK? We’re not doing this.”

Overall, Officer Williams was trying to diffuse the situation and have Wooden simply drop the weapons: 

“We’ve established that nobody here is gonna hurt you. OK? Look at me in my eyes and know that I’m telling you the truth. None of us are gonna hurt you. OK? None of us are gonna kill you.”

Yet, the interaction between officers and Wooden became complicated once the suspect’s mother pulled up on a scooter to insert herself into the matter. 

Wooden’s mother told officers that her daughter suffers from various forms of mental illness, while periodically diverting her attention from officers to yell at Wooden. 

The bodycam footage from the officer shows that he was doing what he could to dial down the agitation that was present with Wooden.

But after Wooden’s mother started pulling up closer to her daughter with her scooter, the suspect became visibly more jumpy and assumed a more aggressive stance. 

That’s when Officer Williams went to deploy his taser on Wooden, which when the taser connected with the suspect, she can be seen stepping toward him and hoisting the axe upward as if preparing to swing it down. 

This then resulted in another officer firing off what sounded like two rounds. 

Wooden was reportedly transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, which she was last reported as being stable on March 15th. 

As for the three officers who responded to the call, they’ve since been placed on administrative assignment, per standard protocol, while the TBI investigates the incident. 

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