Memphis Police responded to 9-1-1 Hang Call in the 5000 block of Parkside. While MPD was in route, dispatchers received several calls advising the suspect was armed with a gun and shooting inside the residence. One call advised that the suspect was reloading his gun and was outside involved in an altercation with a neighbor according to MPD.
"A lot of the neighbors were calling, they were letting us know what was going on minute by minute," said Sgt. Karen Rudolph, Memphis Police spokeswoman. "We had some that were saying 'hey he's reloading his gun, 'he's shooting again,' 'he's yelling across the street.' So they were keeping us updated with information as we were arriving on the scene."
According to police, when they arrived on the scene the suspect, Johnny Taylor, was crouched down behind a vehicle that was parked in the driveway. Officers gave several verbal commands to drop his weapon, but the suspect did not comply. An officer shot and killed the suspect after he stood up and pointed his gun at the officers and fired several times.
No officer was injured during the shooting.
Neighbors informed police that thirty-three year old Johnny Taylor had a mental illness.
Police say knowing what they were headed into helped protect the officers and the public.
The officer who shot the man is on paid leave pending the outcome of the internal investigation, which is standard procedure anytime there's an officer-involved shooting.
This is an ongoing investigation.
FOX13 News reporter Matt Gerien contributed to this report.
WHBQ-TV | Fox 13
Didn't find what you were looking for?