No charges after would-be robber shot, killed in Cooper-Young

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Police say a man was shot and killed around 11 a.m. Thursday when he tried to rob someone in the 1000 block of East Parkway South near Walker.

The area in front of Enrique’s Auto Shop in Cooper-Young was roped off with crime scene tape. A man’s body was under a tow truck on the street.

The man responsible for the shooting remained on the scene, police said. Homicide investigators discovered that the dead man was armed with a handgun when he approached the shooter and demanded money.
The shooter armed himself and shot the robber.
No charges will be filed at this time, police said.

Luis Flores, who has worked at the shop for five years, called 911.

“All I heard is just gunshots,” Flores said. “Guy came running and said to call the police and so I called the police and next thing I know the guy was laying down on the floor.”

The crime scene off busy East Parkway South drew a crowd throughout the day, onlookers wondering what was going on.

Antonio Cathey works at a nearby church.

“I had to stop and see what was going on just too close not to stop and see what was going on.”

Cathey works in community outreach for Fight for 15. He wants to make his community better, and called this scene depressing.

“This just shows that crime can happen anywhere, but a homicide? We really have to wake up around here now.”

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