District Attorney Explains Why She’s Not Charging Off-Duty Deputy Who Shot Man Six Times

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(Memphis) There are more questions and still no answers about why an off-duty deputy won't face charges for shooting someone six times off Beale Street.

Mark Martinez wants to know why District Attorney General Amy Weirich decided not to file charges before even talking to him.

Tuesday, Weirich admitted she closed the case while Martinez was still in a coma, so he never got to tell his side of the story.

"Everything we have points to self-defense," said Weirich, adding that this case is closed for now. "Often times there are horrible and tragic events that we can't charge criminally for."

Martinez said he will be in the hospital for two more months recovering after off-duty Ponotoc County, Miss., deputy John Logan shot him six times early Saturday morning.

"When I woke up, I thought I was dead. I thought I'm dead, because everything was white," said Martinez.

The deputy told police Martinez groped his friend, sparking a huge fight and forcing him to fire his pistol.

WREG talked to the woman who said she was groped.

She said Logan was beat so bad, he was knocked unconscious, and when he came to, he fired his gun.

Martinez said he doesn't remember much, but he would never grope a girl, and said he's never been a fight.

"You cannot carry a weapon while intoxicated, but if you carry a weapon while intoxicated, and you use that weapon in self-defense, there's nothing the law can do," said Weirich.

Today, when WREG asked MPD Director Toney Armstrong about the case, he stood by Weirich's decision that only took her hours to make.

He said this was a "peaceful resolution."

WREG asked Weirich if she thought the deputy put anyone else in danger when he shot his gun while drunk, and there was at least eight people around the scene.

She responded, "Well sure, I think I said yesterday. Thankfully the victim didn't die."

Weirich doesn't plan on filing any charges unless she hears or sees new evidence, which could happen since she still hasn't heard from Martinez.

There is surveillance video, but Weirich said it wasn't useful.


    • Ric

      Hard to shoot when intoxicated, maybe? Why wasn’t the “shooter” even tested for alcohol? This would make a great law for our legislature to work on wouldn’t it? Shoot at someone, automatic drug/alcohol test……

      TBI needs to be called in once again to represent the citizens of Tennessee. The Shelby County DA and the MPD are absolute disgraces to the the justice system and Tennessee.

  • takenobull

    Lesson for this shooting “victim” never grope women and beat folks unconcious you might get shot.

  • Whatever !!!

    She is a D B. What a shame. Guess I should join the corrupt police and then I can do whatever or sh-ot whoever I want. Hope she and the dirtbag officer Karma to bite them majorly.

  • Wondering

    WOW… This reminds me of Chris Jones shooting / Windjammer case. Why does Chris pay dearly and the MS officer get a pass?? Maybe if EC Jones had not run for Sheriff Chris would be free too?

    • thehood

      You can bet your buttocks that if the shooter was a civilian, he would be sitting in jail with a hight bond.


    Does anyone remember the young lady the cops shot up on Beale St. because she “alledgedly” shot 5 others? That story had changed a few times.

  • Donkeys1

    hell i guess the guy in bed that cant remember anything might not get as rowdy next time or head back to mexico

  • Hard Truths

    There has always been a curious non-aggression pact between MPD and the DA. I think they have a lot of dirt on each other, and need to co-operate — weak, unprofessional, and corrupt as MPD is.

    And the DA doesn’t want cops who don’t co-operate with them. So this DA tolerates wholesale police perjury and coverups.

    It is a recipe for cronyism, corruption in both offices, and lotsa, lotsa backscratching.

    Only ones who will go after bad cops are the Feds. And the DA’s office is so politically connected that when they do wrong, it takes an appeal to the Board of Professional Responsibility in Nashville to get any action taken against a corrupt prosecutor.

    Memphis is one dirty, crooked little backwater.

  • Don

    Who said Logan was drunk? If Beale street has a reputation that everyone who goes there are drunk. Not so. I know a lot of people who doesn’t get drunk, including myself.
    It seems to me that there is a law that bartenders have to stop serving people who have had enough to make them drunk.

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