Driver crashes into pole after shooting in North Memphis

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — People living on Tayner off Chelsea in North Memphis lost power for several hours after a shooting victim crashed into a utility pole overnight.

Neighbors said it all began with a couple of gunshots followed by a loud noise.

“Boom, you know. Crash like.”

“We just came out and saw the vehicle over there. And the pole was down and the lines were on fire.”

Police said the driver Carl Garrison, 23, was traveling eastbound on Chelsea when he left the roadway and slammed into the pole on Tayner. When first responders arrived, he was dead.

“This is all unexpected honestly I’m still in denial,” said Robert Nisby.

The family said Garrison was a roof inspector and former Southwest Tennessee Community College student. They don’t know who did this or why.

“I don’t want to believe it. My brother was too focused on the future for his life to be gone, taken.”

Police told WREG they don’t know if Garrison died from the gunshot wound or the crash. At this time, authorities have not released any suspect information. If you know anything, call Crime Stoppers at (901) 528-CASH.

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