A Memphis police spokesman said officers shot and killed a suspect on the Sycamore View on-ramp to I-40 late Wednesday evening.
The call originally came in as an erratic driver on I-40 at around 9:30 p.m. Another driver reported it.
The erratic driver, positively identified Thursday evening as 47-year-old Daniel Brock, got off I-40 and was driving dangerously in the parking lot of the Appling Farms police precinct. Officers pursued the driver. He bailed out of the car on the I-40 on-ramp at Sycamore View.
"This particular individual had already established himself as being out of control," said Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong.
A preliminary investigation revealed Mr. Brock exited his vehicle and approached the officers while holding his hand behind his back.
There was a confrontation. Officers shot and killed the suspect.
This is the fifth person to die from a police shooting in 2013.
According to a police report, the complainant who told police at the Shelby County Sheriff's Appling Farms Station advised that he was at AutoZone at Summer Avenue and Waring when he first noticed the male suspect following him. He further advised that when he noticed the Mr. Brock tailgating him, he attempted to evade the suspect but was unsuccessful.
The complainant advised that while attempting to flee, he stopped at the light at Whitten and I-40 when Mr. Brock exited his vehicle and approached the complainant's vehicle. According to the complainant, Mr. Brock began beating and spitting on his window while making threats to kill him.
The complainant exited off the interstate and drove to Appling Farms Station seeking assistance from Memphis Police. The suspect got back into his vehicle and also exited the interstate and continued to follow the complainant to the police station.
As officers arrived to assist the complaint, Mr. Brock sped off the precinct lot westbound Raleigh Lagrange to Whitten. The responding officers pulled into the area and found that the suspect had crashed at Sycamore View and I-40.
As officers approached the suspect's vehicle, Mr. Brock exited his vehicle and charged the officers. According to the officers, Mr. Brock had his hand behind his back and refused to comply with the officers' commands. The officers retreated to the rear of their vehicle as the suspect continued to approach them.
After continuous commands from the officers requesting that Mr. Brock stop and show his hands were ignored, an officer shot one time from his duty weapon striking him.
"He exited his vehicle, approached the officers in an aggressive manner," Director Armstrong said. "They gave him verbal commands. As he refused to comply, at one point put his hands behind his back as if he was armed with a weapon and officers discharged their duty weapon."
Mr. Brock was pronounced deceased on the scene.
The officer responsible for the shooting has been routinely relieved of duty pending the outcome of the investigation.
"We regret it escalated to this manner, but certainly if there's a lesson to be learned I think the citizen that called the police in the first place did the right thing," Director Armstrong said.
FOX13 News Good Morning Memphis reporter Scott Madaus contributed to this report.
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