Memphis police shoot and kill a man they say was armed and fired at them, but neighbors and the victim's family are telling a different story.
"He no dog. My mother didn't raise a dog," says the victim's sister, Joyce Johnson, "He wasn't aiming at anyone."
According to MPD, officers received a report of a man standing in the street with a gun at 3 a.m. on Sunday. At the 400 block of Georgia officers say they ordered the man to drop his shotgun; MPD reports state he refused by firing a round from his weapon. Memphis police officers returned fire, killing the man.
Neighbors, though, say the man they identified as Horace Whiting, 62, did not fire shots at police; instead, they say, he was standing with the butt of his shotgun resting on the ground.
"Officers were saying, ‘Put down the gun! Put down the gun!' So he wouldn't put it down so I heard two or three shots and he fell to the ground," says Oscar Ellis, Jr., a neighbor across the street who saw the event.
Earlier reports say Whiting was shooting his shotgun in the air at Danny Thomas Boulevard and Mississippi. The victim's sister says that is still not reason enough to kill her brother.
"I know it wasn't right for him to shoot up in the air, that's against the law, but if he just standing there and not point that rifle, why would you shoot him and then handcuff him?" White's sister Joyce Johnson says.
Memphis police say the officers are relieved of duty with pay pending a further investigation; their names are not being released yet. Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong was unavailable for comment.
FOX 13 will continue to update this story on FOX 13 News and our website, MyFoxMemphis.com, as details are made available.
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