TBI identifies man killed in officer-involved shooting with SCSO deputies after high-speed chase

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A man is dead after a high-speed chase through Cordova ended in an officer-involved shooting with Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies.

The man was identified by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation as John Hunt of Memphis. Hunt was 20 years old, according to his family.

The incident happened Tuesday night.

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Around 10:45 p.m., a patrol deputy saw a car stopped on Houston Levee near Pisgah Road and stopped to check on the driver’s welfare.

The person waived a rifle and barricaded himself inside the vehicle, SCSO said.

SCSO SWAT team and negotiators were called to the scene.

While negotiators worked to reestablish contact, the suspect sped away.

A SWAT car and a second deputy’s vehicle were damaged, SCSO said.

Deputies said the man fired several shots during a pursuit.

When the road ended at Dexter past Milbray Street, the suspect got out of the car with the gun and an officer-involved shooting occurred, SCSO said.

The suspect died.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is handling the investigation, SCSO said.

On Wednesday morning, Millington Police released a statement about the incident.

In it, police said the suspect came to the Millington Police Department to report an assault that happened in Memphis. The suspect came back three hours later, and officers noticed a rifle in the front seat, police said.

When he was asked to get out of the car, the suspect sped off.

Millington Police issued an officer safety BOLO due to the suspect’s erratic behavior and the fact he was armed with a gun.

Read the full statement below:

On January 25, 2022 at approximately 1300 hours a male come to the Millington Police Department headquarters to report an assault that occurred in Memphis. The person was advised to contact Memphis Police to make the report. At approximately 1600 hours the same subject returned to Millington Police Department headquarters requesting to make a report. Two officers approached the vehicle and noticed a rifle sitting in front seat. Officers asked subject to exit the vehicle at which time he sped off. Millington Police did not have any charges on the subject but was able to get a license plate number. An officer safety BOLO was issued because of his erratic behavior and was known to be armed. This same subject was encounter later in the evening by the Shelby County Sheriff Office.