MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A couple is dead after an apartment caught fire in Parkway Village, and an an arrest has been made in their murders.
The flames broke out at the Clearbrook apartments around 12 p.m. Thursday. It is located in the 3500 block of Tall Oaks Circle.
A neighbor called FOX13 and said they heard a disturbance outside the apartment in question. She said shots were fired, police were called, and moments later the apartment caught fire.
The neighbor said at least one person inside the apartment didn't get out, but they believed two people were inside. The victims were later identified as Brandon and Regina Allen by Brandon's father.
The neighbor sent FOX13 the following video. It is raw video from the crime scene. Viewer discretion is advised.
"It's like a numbness. You're just speechless. You've got frustration not knowing. Not knowing, that's what bothers me," said DJ Hewlett, Brandon's father.
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MFD said the two people were found dead in the apartment and said the cause of death for both are unknown.
MPD said officers were in the area on an unrelated call when they came in contact with an armed male at the apartment complex. Aareon Berryman was detained.
Police pushed our FOX13 crew from the scene and could be heard on video yelling for residents to get back. That happened as ammunition could be heard going off in the burning apartment.
Aareon Berryman, 18, has been charged with first-degree murder, especially aggravated robbery, aggravated arson, possession of marijuana with the intent to manufacture or sell, and possession of ecstasy with the intent to manufacture or sell.
Berryman admitted to killing both victims, taking their property, and setting their apartment on fire.
“That’s sad. That’s sad. It hurts my feelings to no end,” said Regina Brown, one of the tenants. Brown believes the fire was set to destroy evidence of a crime. “From what I was told, he started it -- the suspect, he started the fire.”
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