MEMPHIS, Tenn. — According to the DA, no charges will be filed against a Memphis Police lieutenant that shot and killed a man on Summer Ave.
Officials told FOX13 the shooting happened in the 4400 block of Summer Ave on April 21, 2018.
Terrance Deshun Carlton, 25, was being sought by police for earlier shootings of two people in 2018.
Officers said Carlton matched the description of a suspect who robbed and wounded two people nearby. One victim knew Carlton by name, another later identified him in a photo spread.
An MPD lieutenant told officials Carlton was walking on Summer Ave west of Berclair. The officer pulled up and order him to stop - but Carlton started to run, then stumbled and fell.
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Once the officer exited his squad car, he drew his weapon and ordered Carlton to show his hands.
According to the lieutenant, Carlton had something dark in his hand and quickly rolled over while shouting, "I'm going to kill you, (expletive)."
Authorities said the officer fired twice, striking Carlton in the abdomen.
He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. An autopsy recovered two bullets from old gunshot wounds. Amphetamine, meth, oxycodone, and weed were also found in his system.
The incident was recorded on a body camera, and part of the encounter was also recorded on a business's surveillance camera, according to the DA.
FOX13 reviewed the body camera footage from the night of the shooting.
It took approximately 15-20 seconds from the time the officer arrived on scene to the moment shots were fired.
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However, the DA’s office contends the Use of Deadly Force law in Tennessee justifies no charges.
The law states: "An officer may use deadly force in order to effect an arrest if all other reasonable means of apprehension have been exhausted or are unavailable, and where feasible, has given notice of the officers identity as such and given a warning that deadly force may be used unless resistance or flight ceases."
Officers found a cell phone and a pistol while canvassing the area near the 4400 block of Tutwiler. TBI lab results revealed the firearm matched the cartridge casings recovered from separate but related shootings of two victims on Berclair.
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