Reports indicate that one person was killed and a police officer was critically injured in a shooting at a library in Tennessee.
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Keli McAlister said that at 12:30 on Thursday, officers were called to the Poplar-White Station Public Library, where they encountered a man who had been the subject of a trespassing call in the same neighborhood about 30 minutes earlier.
McAlister said the man had begun a fight with another patron inside the library and that when police tried to talk to him, he pulled out a gun and shot an officer. The other cop pulled out his gun and fatally shot the suspect.
McAlister did not reveal the names of the police officers involved, but the deceased man was identified as 28-year-old Indianapolis resident Torence Jackson Jr. Three Black males made up the group.
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The police officer was transported to the hospital “in extremely critical condition,” McAlister said.
McAlister reported that there were both staff and patrons present at the time of the shooting, but that nobody else was hurt.
Located on a busy street with nearby office buildings, restaurants, and shops, the small library was cordoned off with yellow crime scene tape and two fire trucks and an ambulance were parked nearby. Outside, ATF agents and Memphis police officers were coordinating their efforts.
Because of a request from the prosecutor in Shelby County, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is currently investigating. When police officers are involved in a shooting anywhere in the state, the bureau is called in to look into the incident.
After the murder charges against five Memphis police officers in the death of Tyre Nichols, police brutality is under intense scrutiny across the country.