• Man charged in deadly Downtown Memphis robbery

    By: Kristin Leigh

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    UPDATE on Saturday, Dec. 31 at 9:02 a.m.: 

    Police have arrested Tizerius Farmer for first degree murder in perpetration of attempted robbery. MPD said Farmer is responsible for shooting and killing 39-year-old Derrian Poplar. 

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    UPDATE on Friday, Dec. 30 at 2:51 p.m.: 

    The Memphis Police Department has identified the man killed during a robbery in Downtown Memphis as 39-year-old Derrian Poplar. 

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    One person is dead after a shooting near downtown Memphis.

    Police are looking for the person responsible for shooting and killing a 39-year-old man after robbing the victim, according to Memphis Police.

    The shooting happened at the corner of S. Lauderdale Street and Vance Avenue shortly after midnight Thursday.

    “He made sure that dude was dead,” Xaivere Henderson, who witnessed the shooting, told FOX13. “He just walked around him like boom, boom, boom, boom. He let off more than 10 shots.”


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    Henderson said he went to the corner store at the intersection last night to buy cigarettes. When he walked out of the store, he watched the crime unfold.

    “He patted the two guys down,” Henderson told FOX13. “When he patted them down, and seen they didn’t have nothing, he just started shooting them folks.”

    The 39-year-old was killed. No one else was injured, according to police.

    The gunman jumped out of a black car and ran away after the shooting.

    But Memphis Police have eyes in the sky at the intersection, with a SkyCop Camera peering down toward the crime scene.

    There are also multiple surveillance cameras in the area, with three on the side of the corner store.

    FOX13 asked the owner of the corner store to share the footage, but the owner said MPD took the video as evidence.

    In an email to FOX13, a spokesperson said homicide investigators will release the photos to the public if they deem it necessary. As of early Thursday afternoon, no images had been released.

    As MPD reviews the video for leads, Henderson is grateful to be going home to his family. But he’s struggling to erase the memory of the violent night.

    “It happened right here,” Henderson said, then pointed a few feet down the side walk. “I [was] right there.”

    “Y’all going to bring in a new year with killing?” Henderson added. “Stop the violence, man. Everybody’s life matters.”

    With just two days left in the year, the shooting marks the 225th homicide investigation of 2016.

    If you have information that may lead police to the suspected gunman, call Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH.

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