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Police fatally shoot man after altercation

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Memphis police officers fatally shot a man Tuesday evening after he tried to run two officers over with a car.

The officer-involved shooting took place after 7 p.m. in the 1400 block of Jackson Avenue.

Police first received a suspicious vehicle call and officers were dispatched to investigate.

When the officers arrived, police said the suspect in the vehicle attempted to run the policemen over, a police spokeswoman said.

Two officers were run over. One of the officers was on the hood of the car.

The officers shot into the vehicle, fatally wounding the man.

"The driver of that vehicle accelerated in an aggressive manner and struck both officers," said Memphis Police Col. Mike Ryall. "Our officers had to engage for their safety. We have one individual D.O.A. at this time."

One witness told FOX13 News the officers shot the unidentified man nine times.

One of the injured officers was treated at the scene while the other officer was taken to The MED for treatment. The extent of the officers injuries are not known.

The shooting remains under investigation.

The officers that were involved will be put on paid administrative leave pending an internal investigation.

In the wake of Tuesday's fifth officer-involved shooting in 2013, Police Director Toney Armstrong said Wednesday morning people committing acts of violence against police officers is on the rise and his men and women should have the right to defend themselves.

"I think it's become clear that now it's escalated to where people are committing acts against police officers and certainly offices put themselves in harms way on a daily basis," Director Armstrong said. "But, they have to defend themselves."

Director Armstrong said surveillance footage from the store's camera showed the officers' actions were justified.


FOX13 News reporters Matt Gerien and Les Smith contributed to this report.

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