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Raw video of police and people gathered on Kingsley Avenue in Memphis after an officer-involved shooting. Phillip Jackson, The Commercial Appeal

Following reports of a shooting involving U.S. Marshals in the Frayser neighborhood of Memphis on Wednesday night, a tense standoff formed between police and residents.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation

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Raw video of police and people gathered on Kingsley Avenue in Memphis after an officer-involved shooting. Phillip Jackson, The Commercial Appeal

Following reports of a shooting involving U.S. Marshals in the Frayser neighborhood of Memphis on Wednesday night, a tense standoff formed between police and residents.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation reported that the shooting in the 2000 block of Durham Avenue involved members of the Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force, part of the U.S. Marshal Service.

Officials have not confirmed the victim’s identity or whether he was killed.

But Shelby County Commissioner Tami Sawyer retweeted a post identifying the victim as Brandon Webber. Pamela Moses, a local activist and candidate for mayor, said Webber had died.

Several residents said he was well-known in the neighborhood.

Frayser shooting: Tense standoff forms after U.S. Marshals involved in shooting - The Commercial Appeal

Memphis police responded to an officer-involved shooting Wednesday night involving U.S. Marshals on the 200 block of Durham. (Photo: Phillip Jackson, Commercial Appeal)

The shooting was reported earlier in the evening to Old Allen Station. Memphis Police Department officers were not involved in the shooting, the department said in a tweet, and were assisting with traffic control. 

MPD officers formed a barricade near the site at Kingsley Avenue and Overton Crossing Street. The TBI was called in to investigate and was on the way to the scene by 8:20 p.m.

MPD reported around 10 p.m. they were still securing the scene so the TBI could process it.

Crowds became restless and a standoff formed between residents and officers at the scene. Officers brought out shields and batons while standing in line on Overton Crossing Street and Argonne Street. 

Helicopters soon started hovering the area.

Several gunshots could be heard, and members of the crowd yelled and threw rocks as patrol cars passed through the standoff.

Moses said authorities used tear gas on the crowd.

MPD reported that several officers were being checked by paramedics for minor injuries sustained from people throwing rocks and bricks.

Some crowds slowly dispersed as rainfall started over the area around 10 p.m.

“Every time I turned around, I saw another person with tears in their eyes, furious at another life lost,” community activist Hunter Demster said. “Frustration, sadness, anger that this is happening again.”

Demster arrived to the crowd around 8:40 p.m., where he found police officers laughing, he said, and even sometimes taunting the gathered community members. 

“We have to address public safety in a completely different way. The system is broken and people are dying because of it,” Demster said. 

As tensions continued to rise during the night between the crowd and officers, the unrest in Frayser drew national attention. The NAACP tweeted at 11 p.m. that they are “closely monitoring the reports of riots” following the shooting. 

This coverage is ongoing, check back for updates. 

Reach reporter Mariah Timms at mtimms@tennessean.com[1] or 615-259-8344 and on Twitter @MariahTimms[2]

Reach reporter Phillip Jackson at phillip.jackson@commercialappeal.com or 901-305-3964 and on twitter @Phillej_

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