MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Memphis police officer is off the job after investigators say he shot and killed a suspect in two shootings early Saturday morning in Berclair.
Police say the officer, whose name hasn't been released, has been "relieved of duty" while the shooting death is investigated.
Detectives say the officer shot Terrance Carlton, 25, after Carlton shot two men a block apart, and threatened to kill the officer.
"An officer approached the suspect and some type of confrontation occurred. The officer fired his duty weapon, striking the suspect," said MPD Deputy Chief Sharona Hampton.
It began around 12:30 a.m. Saturday when a man was shot at Berclair Road and Powell Avenue.
About 20 minutes later, police say another man was shot a block away.
A man who told WREG he's a friend of that victim didn’t want to share his name, but said he came face-to-face with the suspect first.
"He’s got his hands up talking about, ‘Please call 911,’ and next thing I know, I was suspicious and leery of the whole situation so I started backing up, and next thing I know he pulls out a gun and I run," he said.
He went for help, knocking on neighbors' doors.
His friend went outside and ended up getting shot.
"He heard the commotion, he come out of the house and the dude shot him," the victim's friend said.
The bullet flew right through his truck.
Fortunately, police say both victims will be fine. But Carlton wasn't so lucky.
Just after 3 a.m. Saturday, MPD said the officer tried to stop Carlton on Summer Avenue, but when investigators say he refused to follow orders, reached for his waist and threatened the officer, the officer shot him.
“The officer attempted to stop the subject and ordered him to show him his hands. Reportedly, the subject did not comply," said Josh DeVine, spokesman for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, which is handling the case.
Carlton died at Regional One.
DeVine said the TBI will turn over its findings to Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich.
"The TBI is a fact-finding agency," DeVine said. "We make no determination as to whether the officer’s actions were justified. That decision rests solely with the district attorney general."
Just last weekend, rookie Memphis police officer Malcolm Collins, 22, shot armed robbery suspect Feroldo Griffin, 27.
Collins said Griffin tried to pull a gun on him after robbing a convenience store at gunpoint.
The friend of one of the victims in this latest case said he’s just happy to live to see another day.
"It would have been me, if it wasn’t my friend, if I didn’t run," he said.
Police say a handgun possibly used in the double shooting was found near Tutwiler and Summer Avenue Saturday afternoon.
The TBI will be looking at surveillance and officer bodycam footage, as well as forensics from the scene, DeVine said.
"We’ll do whatever it takes for as long as it takes to get the set of facts that we’re comfortable with in presenting to the district attorney general for her review,” he said.
Mayor Jim Strickland issued the following statement Saturday:
"I'm saddened by any loss of life and I send my condolences to the family. I'm praying for everyone involved.
I've spoken to Director Rallings and I know a thorough investigation will be conducted independently by the TBI, which is protocol."