Long time firefighter shot and killed; MFD release statement

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A lot of pain, and very few answers, after someone shot and killed an off-duty Memphis firefighter.

Mack Bond served with the department for 21 years.

Mello Barnes said he immediately ran outside the barbershop after hearing the disturbing news.

“Someone knocked on my door when we were cutting hair and said someone shot in the back,” Barnes said.

He noticed bullet holes on the outside of the car and it was still running. When he looked inside, there was a man shot dead.

“I feel like if he was still alive maybe we could get some help for him,” Barnes said. “When I walked up to the car I realized man that was it.”

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Police don’t know where the shooting happened but believed Bond was at this park off Raleigh-LaGrange road at one point.

Officers said Bond tried to escape by driving across the street but ended up jumping the curb and crashing into the bushes.

Barnes said the next day, the victim’s family came to the barbershop asking for answers but he didn’t have any.

No suspect information has been given.

Memphis Fire officials issued the following statement following Bond’s death:

The Memphis Fire Department are deeply saddened to hear of the sudden and tragic off-duty death of firefighter Mack C. Bond. Mack faithfully served as a member of this department for over twenty-one (21) years and was a valued member of our MFD family. He will be greatly missed. Our sincere condolences are extended to his family, friends and the brothers and sisters of the Memphis Fire Department. RIP Mack Bond.

The investigation into Bond’s shooting is ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 901.528.CASH.