Suspect dead after Cordova barricade situation

Joe Wilhite, 36.
Joe Wilhite, 36.(Shelby County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Sep. 22, 2022 at 6:32 AM CDT
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Police have identified the suspect of an overnight barricade situation in Cordova.

Shelby County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) says deputies were executing a search warrant around 1:50 a.m. Thursday on Hidden Ridge Lane when the barricade situation happened.

The suspect, 36-year-old Joe Wilhite, was being served a warrant for murder by the SCSO Fugitive Apprehension Team along with U.S. marshals.

Wilhite was wanted by the Memphis Police Department for the Sept. 15 murder of Sienitra Houston.

Deputies reportedly heard a single gunshot from inside the residence.

SWAT and negotiators arrived on the scene.

Around 4 a.m., responders went inside the residence and found Wilhite dead, according to SCSO.

Preliminary reports indicate he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

This is an active investigation.

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