TBI investigating ‘use of force’ in traffic stop incident that leaves man dead

Published: Jan. 8, 2023 at 5:52 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 10, 2023 at 10:34 PM CST
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) is investigating a traffic stop that involved the death of a man due to a possible use of force by Memphis police.

On Saturday night, MPD attempted to make a traffic stop for reckless driving in the area of Raines Road and Ross Road.

As officers approached the driver of the vehicle, a confrontation occurred and the suspect fled according to police.

The suspect was identified as Tyre D. Nichols.

Police say officers pursued Nichols and again attempted to take him into custody when another confrontation occurred.

He was eventually apprehended.

Afterward, Nichols complained of having shortness of breath at which time an ambulance was called to the scene, according to police.

He was transported to the hospital in critical condition.

Nichols succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday, according to TBI.

Due to Nichol’s condition, District Attorney General Steve Mulroy determined that the TBI would handle this investigation, according to MPD.

The officers involved will be routinely relieved of duty pending the outcome of this investigation.

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