Manhunt suspect shot and killed in car robbery

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Billy Ray Sandlin

Billy Ray Sanlin

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis Police Department said a man who was the subject of a manhunt in South Memphis on Thursday was shot and killed during a car robbery.

Police say the shooting happened Friday evening in the 1200 block of Poppen Drive.

The pronounced Billy Ray Sanlin, 36, dead at the scene.

According to police, Sanlin broke out the back window of a Nissan frontier with an iron chair and climbed through the window.

The owner of the vehicle told police that he went to check on his car with a handgun, and he shot Sanlin.

Police say the owner informed them that weapons were in the car and he thought Sanlin had a gun.

The owner of the vehicle remained at the scene until police arrived.

No charges were filed as of Saturday.

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Sanlin was wanted for several warrants.

Police tried to arrest Sanlin on Thursday on Third Street but say he dragged an officer who tried to stop him from driving away in a stolen car.

A short time later Sanlin crashed the car and ran off.

There were two other people inside the car at the time of the crash.

Poppen Dr Scene

Poppen Drive scene

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