TBI investigating officer-involved shooting in southwest Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation were called in to investigate an officer-involved shooting overnight in Memphis.

The agency said the incident happened around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday near South Third Street and Mitchell in southwest Memphis.

Two officers were reportedly on patrol when they pulled over a vehicle for a traffic violation.

D'Mario Perkins

The driver, D'Mario Perkins, immediately threatened to harm himself when approached by the officers.

Authorities said he then fired his weapon leading the officers to do the same.

Perkins was hit at least once by gunfire. He was rushed to the Regional Medical Center where he later died.

"This all transpired very quickly. The officers got here, identified to dispatch that they arrived and then moments later is when all this transpired," Josh Devine, with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, said.

He says the officers involved were wearing body cameras.

An autopsy is reportedly planned for Thursday.

Neither of the officers involved were injured.

According to court documents, Perkins was on probation after making a deal back in February on felony drug charges.

It is standard procedure for the TBI to take the lead in any shooting that involves police officers.

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