Police capture murder suspect after traffic stop, chase

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis Police say they caught a suspect in a murder that happened in January after a traffic stop led to a foot chase near the Bartlett city limits Friday.

Iran Westbrook

Iran Westbrook, 34, faces a first-degree murder charge in the deadly shooting and beating of a man. He also faces other charges including evading arrest, traffic violations and violation of parole.

Police say on Jan. 17, Westbrook got into a dispute with Michael Draper, 30, on Tunica Street in North Memphis.

Draper was shot and beaten, and died of his injuries the next day at Regional One. A warrant was issued for Westbrook's arrest on the charge of first degree murder.

On Friday, police say, Westbrook was driving a Chrysler Pacifica when officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop in the area of Elmore and Morning Vista in northeast Memphis.

Westbrook bailed out the vehicle and a brief foot pursuit ensued, police said. He was caught in the 6500 block of Birkenhead.

Westbrook has posted a $100 bond, according to jail records.

The high-speed chase interrupted a quiet Friday in the neighborhood. Gloria Schmitt says an SUV flew past her going at least 90 mph.

"It was scary, it was scary. It's normally a quiet area here," Schmitt said.

Peace and quiet replaced with sirens and mayhem as more people found themselves pulled outside by the noise.

"I was sitting in my room playing Xbox then I heard all the commotion and I came out to see police they chase him off screaming, 'police get on the ground, freeze,'" Matt Schmitt said.

Police say Westbrook made a run for it straight into the woods and through a cemetery trying to get away from police.

A tow truck took away the SUV the suspect left crashed in this driveway as he dashed out of the driver’s seat.

"I'm still shaken up because stuff like that doesn't really happen here," Schmitt said.