Wednesday, January 2, 2019

UPDATED: TBI Investigating Fatal Officer Shooting in Whitehaven

Posted By on Wed, Jan 2, 2019 at 10:36 PM

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A man who police say was armed with a knife was fatally shot by Memphis Police Department (MPD) officers Wednesday night shortly after 8 in Whitehaven.

Special agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) are investigating the shooting, according to a tweet by the agency. MPD’s Violent Crime Response Team is also responding to the incident. TBI identified the deceased man as 20-year-old Abdoulaye Thiam Thursday morning. 

The shooting took place in the 1300th block of Timothy near Hermitage after MPD responded to a domestic disturbance call at 1317 Timothy. Once on the scene, Thiam allegedly confronted the officers with a knife, prompting the officers to fire shots fatally injuring the man, according to MPD. None of the officers were injured.   

The three MPD officers involved have been relieved of duty pending the ongoing investigation. TBI nor MPD have released any additional information about the incident, including the names of the officers involved in the shooting. TBI said it does not "identify officers involved in these types of incidents," but instead "refers questions of that nature to the respective agency."

TBI was able to recover all three officers' body cam footage during the time of the shooting, MPD said Thursday. As the investigation is still ongoing, the footage has not been released to the public. 



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