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GERMANTOWN, TN -
(WMC) – A young war veteran was shot and killed by Germantown police officers Tuesday night just before 10 p.m.
According to police, a “be on the lookout” or BOLO alert was issued for Davis, 24, who was reportedly unstable, armed and dangerous, and possibly suicidal.
Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a tip on a crisis hotline about Davis. Fayette County deputies went to his house, but he was not there. That’s when Germantown police found Davis in a parked car at Cameron Brown Park armed with a rifle.
Officers evacuated the immediate area around the park and established communication with him using the squad car’s PA system.
According to police, the situation escalated, and three Germantown police officers ended up firing their guns at Davis. He was pronounced dead at the park.
Investigators used orange paint to mark where Davis’ car and six police cars sat during the confrontation. The closest police car appears to have been about 20 yards away.
“Why did three cops have to unload their weapon on a single man?” Val said.
Davis’ friends and family say he was a war veteran who had trouble getting a job when he got home. They say he did not deserve to die this way.
“It’s just sad that people have to feel like they can’t help themselves and things go bad that way, you know?” Germantown resident Kelsey Beckum said.
The three GPD officers involved in the shooting are on paid administrative leave pending an investigation. The district attorney’s office asked Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to lead the case; the TBI would eventually turn it back over to the DA’s office.
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