In a tragic incident that rocked the city of Memphis, a fatal shootout in South Memphis resulted in the death of a Memphis police officer and an 18-year-old individual. The incident unfolded in the early hours of Friday, April 12, when three Memphis police officers responded to reports of a suspicious vehicle on Horn Lake Road around 2 a.m.

As the officers approached the vehicle, they came under fire, prompting them to return fire. The exchange of gunfire led to two officers and two individuals in the vehicle sustaining gunshot wounds. The vehicle attempted to flee but was later located on Hewlett Road, where one suspect was immediately apprehended while another was found nearby.

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Tragically, Officer Joseph McKinney, who had joined the department in 2020, succumbed to his injuries at Regional One Hospital. Another officer injured in the shootout has been upgraded to non-critical condition, while a third officer sustained minor injuries. Additionally, an 18-year-old – later identified as Jaylen Lobley – also lost his life in the shootout.

Memphis Police Chief Cerelyn “C.J.” Davis expressed deep concern over the brazen nature of the violence, emphasizing the need for the community to address the prevalence of gun-related crimes. Mayor Paul Young echoed these sentiments, calling for urgent action and accountability to prevent such tragedies from recurring.

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“It gets even more infuriating: One teen involved in the shootout, who was also killed, was arrested by the police back in March.

He was found in a stolen vehicle with “an illegal modified semi-automatic weapon with a Glock switch attached” making it fully automatic.

He was also charged for stealing two other vehicles.

He was released at the time without bond.

Joseph McKinney should be alive.” – Collin Rugg

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Authorities disclosed that Lobley had a prior arrest record, having been released on his own recognizance in March for charges including theft of property and unlawful possession of a firearm. Despite prosecutorial objections to lowering his bond, Lobley had been granted release under reporting conditions.

The Shelby County District Attorney’s Office, in conjunction with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, is conducting a thorough investigation into the shootout to ascertain the circumstances leading to the tragic outcome. The district attorney emphasized the importance of addressing violent crime and reaffirmed a commitment to swift and decisive prosecution in such cases.

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