MPD identifies officer involved in fatal shooting, TBI takes over investigation

Family, friends gather to remember life of Darrius Stewart at candlelight vigil
Published: Jul. 21, 2015 at 8:42 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 22, 2015 at 9:00 PM CDT
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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The Memphis Police Department identified 26-year-old Connor Schilling as the officer involved in the shooting of 19-year-old Darrius Stewart.

According to police, Schilling was relieved of duty pending the outcome of the investigation.

MPD said he was previously suspended on July 5, 2014 for a DUI arrest in Southaven. All criminal charges were dismissed, but he was suspended for 18 days without pay.

Additionally, Schilling was involved in an excessive or unnecessary force case in 2013, but that case was not sustained.

Schilling has been with MPD for just over three years.

Meanwhile, the TBI took over the investigation into the shooting, starting from scratch.

"It can take one or two days, or last one or two years," said TBI spokesperson Josh Devine.

TBI agents gathered at the scene on Winchester Road where 19-year-old Darrius Stewart was shot and killed by a Memphis police officer.

"It's not like we're picking up where Memphis left off," said Devine. "To do our due diligence, we need to essentially start at ground zero."

Police said an officer shot Stewart Friday during a traffic stop after Stewart attacked the officer with his handcuffs. The incident happened after he was put inside the back of a police car for warrants police said Stewart had.

"I can't speak to anything regarding the warrants or anything that might have led up to this particular incident," Devine added.

Meanwhile, the TBI intends to interview possible witnesses to learn more.  Investigators said they're working to be as transparent as possible.

In the meantime, the family continues to grieve as they search for answers.

"It breaks my heart because that's my blood cousin, my first cousin," said Stewart's cousin, Nylilah Stewart. "I grew up with him my whole life."

Family and friends held a vigil for Stewart Tuesday, calling for justice.

"They took a innocent life," Stewart's friend Ricky Taylor said.

Taylor was there when the shooting took place. He said the officer did not have to use his gun.

"Why just go straight and shoot him like that? He didn't deserve that," Taylor said.

Family and friends said they will continue to push the issue, despite a lack of transparency from police.

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