Woman choked, pistol whipped in hours before SWAT standoff, deputies say

MEMPHIS,Tenn. — A woman said she was beaten and told she was going to die in a violent confrontation in the early morning hours of New Year’s Day, according to sworn statements from Shelby County sheriff’s deputies. She was able to get away, deputies said.

The victim said the man who attacked her is her boyfriend, 27-year-old Kendarius L. Franklin, a man with a lengthy criminal rap sheet. Franklin did not surrender when deputies showed up, leading to an hours-long standoff with the sheriff’s office’s SWAT team.

It happened in northeast Shelby County in the 4000 block of Castile St.

Deputies responded when the woman called authorities around 7 a.m. New Year’s Day.

According to the affidavit, the woman told deputies Franklin “became irate” during an argument over her vehicle and told her “I’m not going into 2021 with you.” She was choked until she lost consciousness and hit in the face with a closed fist seven times before being pistol whipped, she told deputies.

The victim told deputies she was kicked in the ribs and that Franklin then “smashed” her laptop and cellphone. She also told deputies Franklin had an AR-15 “style” rifle in the home and a black handgun as well.

Deputies went to the home to speak with Franklin, according to the affidavit, but he did not respond. Deputies then called the SWAT team, they said in the document.

Franklin surrendered hours later at about 3:05 p.m. without incident.

Franklin’s past arrests include offenses for drug possession, domestic assault, trespassing, theft, aggravated burglary, driving with a revoked license and being a felon in possession of a handgun.

In 2017, Franklin was arrested after a shooting at a Memphis motel in what police say was a drug deal gone bad, according to an affidavit. Police said Franklin shot two men before getting away, even standing over one and firing at point-blank range.

Franklin received a suspended sentence in 2019 after making a deal with prosecutors and was released.

In Oct. 2020, Franklin was arrested in an incident involving the same victim from the New Year’s Day incident when deputies said he assaulted her and threw her puppy against the wall, according to an affidavit.