Suspect killed in South Memphis shooting had extensive criminal record

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation identified 33-year-old Willie Hudson as the suspect who opened fire on deputies in South Memphis on Wednesday, and more about Hudson’s history is now coming to light.

Hudson has an extensive criminal background dating back more than a decade. Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies were serving an arrest warrant Wednesday afternoon on Haven Circle when they were fired upon by Hudson, TBI said.

One deputy was shot but has since been released from the hospital. Hudson was shot and killed by deputies during the exchange of gunfire.

According to sources, Hudson was wanted for attempted first-degree murder and for being a convicted felon in possession of handgun. But his criminal history doesn’t end there.

In November 2017, Hudson was charged with aggravated assault and unlawful possession of a handgun, among several other charges. According to court documents, police responded to a call at an apartment complex on Graceland Drive where a teenager said his mother had been beaten and choked by Hudson. According to the affidavit, the minor told police Hudson hit his mother in the head with a gun, threatening to kill her.

In June of 2015, he was arrested for harassment and yet another aggravated assault charge. This was after spending three years in jail for robbery.

Prior to that, WREG found years of drug charges dating back to 2005.

We went to Hudson’s last known address and knocked on several doors, but no one answered. In fact, everyone we spoke with in the apartment complex told us they’ve never seen or heard of Hudson before in that neighborhood.

We did speak with one woman who claimed to know who Hudson was, but she declined to go on camera.

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