MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A former Memphis police officer involved in the high-profile Martavious Banks shooting case was arrested following a fight at a Cordova gas station.
Jamarcus Jeames’ arrest came on the same day Banks was released from jail after taking a plea deal on several charges related to the Sept. 2018 police pursuit.
According to police, they were called to the Circle K gas station on North Germantown Road around 3 a.m. on Wednesday, August 28. When they arrived they said they found a man covered in blood and Jeames trying to to flee the scene.
The victim told police it all started after Jeames nearly hit him while pulling up to the gas station. After the suspect returned to his vehicle words were exchanged between the two men. That’s when Jeames allegedly grabbed the man and tackled him to the ground.
Other customers had to break up the fight before police arrived.
Police said they discovered several bottles of beer and rum inside Jeames’ car. He was charged with assault, DUI and public intoxication.
Jeames resigned from the Memphis Police Department in February, several months after he was involved in the September shooting of Banks.
MPD said a review found Jeames had turned off both his personal and in-car cameras during part of the chase and shooting, used his patrol car to block Banks’ vehicle, drove recklessly and failed to turn on his blue lights pursuing the suspect, and failed to notify dispatch of the pursuit, all in violation of policy.
Jeames was one of three officers who chased Banks inside a home on Gill in Whitehaven and fired multiple shots at him. MPD said he was the officer who fired the shots.
WREG broke the news to Banks mother, Janice Banks, about the former police officer’s arrest.
“I’ve said it from day one, he was a bad apple in the bunch. I also said that he needed some counseling, so with him assaulting someone and this DUI, this just put forth everything I have said from the get go,” she said.