BOLIVAR, Tenn. — The family of a man who was killed by Bolivar Police has retained Attorney Ben Crump to represent them.
The nationally renowned civil rights and personal injury attorney was retained by the family of Andra Murphy, the Black man who was shot and killed by Bolivar police officers outside of the Hardeman County Justice Complex on the morning of Oct. 6, a release said.
According to a release, the incident involved an unidentified gunman threatening correctional officers and fleeing the scene.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s initial reports claimed that the individual returned to the scene and was gunned down by Bolivar police officers.
Andra Murphy was identified as the man killed and many believe Murphy was not the individual who was initially at the scene, the release said.
According to previous reports from the TBI, 43-year-old Andra Devon Murphy from Toone, Tenn. fired shots at correctional officers around 6:00 a.m. Wednesday morning and drove off.
The TBI said that Murphy then returned, still armed, while the Bolivar Police Department was on the scene at the Hardeman County Criminal Justice Complex.
Murphy approached the officers while armed and was shot and killed, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said.
The TBI would not say if Murphy shot at Bolivar Police.
Three officers were involved. They are all on administrative leave.
“I can tell you that three officers responded initially and the numbers of officers that shot will be part of the investigation,” TBI spokesperson Keli McAllister said.
Attorney Crump has released the following statement:
“My thoughts and prayers are with Andra Murphy’s family – especially his wife and four children – as they grieve his loss. While the investigation is ongoing, much more information is needed, not only for the family’s closure but to determine if this was a case of mistaken identity. The family has been given information that their loved one was innocently killed by the police because they assumed he was the initial gunman. We demand the release of video footage to show if the car that was driven by the initial gunman was the same car that Andra was driving when he arrived. The family continues to ask for your prayers for answers, transparency, and justice.”
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