Crime of the Week #13

March 29, 2019

HOMICIDE

A call was received by the Memphis Police at 5:50 p.m. on Friday, October 31, 2014 to assist the Memphis Fire Department with crowd control at Wellons and Glanalp, near Range Line Road in north memphis. Officers arrived to find paramedics treating gunshot victim Samuel Jackson. Jackson was transported to the hospital and later died. The death was ruled a homicide by the Shelby County Medical Examiner’s office.

Anyone with information about this 2014 cold case shooting is asked to leave a tip with CrimeStoppers, 528-CASH (2274).

Crime of the Week #12

March 22, 2019

HOMICIDE

Memphis Police responded to a report of a shooting at Park Avenue and Goodman Street at 2 p.m. Thursday, August 3, 2017, near the South Campus of the University of Memphis. Arriving officers located a black Kia Sportage with front end damage and containing three shooting victims. One man, Tadarious Tate, was pronounced dead at the scene. Two others survived.

Officers learned that the three victims were shot at by occupants of a late-model white Ford Mustang with black stripes along the top center of the car. The suspects’ vehicle continued east on Park. No other information has been uncovered. Anyone with information that might help solve this crime is asked to contact CrimeStoppers. Tips can be received by phone, text or secure email. The phone number is 528-CASH (2274).

Crime of the Week #11

March 14, 2019

HOMICIDE

A report of a shooting at 9:50 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, 2019 brought officers from the Memphis Police Department’s Ridgeway precinct to 4228 Eastwind Drive, the parking lot of T&A Market, near the Peppertree Apartments in Whitehaven.

At the scene the officers found Phil Patton on the ground dying from gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead by arriving Memphis Fire Department personnel. Police learned that Patton was involved in a fight with a male black inside the business. The altercation continued into the parking lot where the suspect shot Patton. The man fled the scene. Anyone with information about this slaying is asked to call CrimeStoppers, 528-CASH (2274).

Crime of the Week #10

March 8, 2019

HOMICIDE

Memphis Police officers from the Crump Avenue precinct responded to reports of a shooting in the 800 block of Springdale Run just north of Jackson Avenue at 12:40 a.m. on Wednesday, February 27. On arrival the officers found a male victim on the ground suffering from gunshot wounds. The man was pronounced dead on the scene by responding paramedics.

Surveillance footage at the scene showed two male blacks ran south from the scene and got into an older model (possibly 2004) silver Chevrolet Impala already occupied by another male. The Impala fled the scene and was last seen in the area of Jackson Avenue and Eva Street. Anyone who can help identify the one or more involved in this homicide is asked to contact CrimeStoppers, (901) 528-CASH (2274).

Crime of the Week #9

March 1, 2019

HOMICIDE

Memphis Police officers from the North Main station were dispatched to the intersection of Alabama Avenue and Danny Thomas Blvd., just north of downtown, to check out a report of a shooting at 7:49 p.m. Wednesday, February 27, 2019. Officers arrived to find two gunshot victims inside a Chevrolet Monte Carlo. One man was pronounced dead at the scene and the second died later at the hospital.

Names are not being released at this time. Information gathered on the scene showed that suspects had fired multiple shots at the victims from a black vehicle that fled the scene. Anyone with information about this double homicide is asked to contact CrimeStoppers, (901) 528-CASH (2274).

Crime of the Week #8

February 22, 2019

TRAFFIC FATALITY

Officers with the Memphis Police Department’s Special Traffic Investigation Squad responded to a hit-and-run pedestrian fatality at 11:34 a.m. on August 29, 2018. The accident occurred near the intersection of Lamar and American Way, in front of a Loves Truck Stop facility. A red tractor trailer rig (see image) was turning into the truck stop when it struck pedestrian Marsha Deberry. The impact made her fall under the truck’s wheels.

Memphis Fire Department personnel were called to the scene where they pronounced Deberry dead. The 18-wheeler, with red tractor and trailer and the words “Hamburg Sud” on the side, left the scene of the accident without stopping. Anyone with information on this fatal hit-and-run case is asked to contact CrimeStoppers at (901) 528-CASH (2274).

Crime of the Week #7

February 15, 2019

HOMICIDE

Officers from the Raines Precinct were flagged down by a pedestrian at 12:34 a.m. Sunday, February 10, 2019 near E. Brooks and Millbranch roads, south of I-240, south leg. The officers quickly discovered Cameo Covington, sitting in the driver’s seat of a vehicle and unresponsive. He was suffering from apparent gunshot wounds.

Memphis Fire Dept. personnel arrived and pronounced Covington dead on the scene. No other details were available to police. Anyone with information about this homicide is asked to contact CrimeStoppers anonymously, (901) 274-CASH (2274).

Crime of the Week #6

February 8, 2019

HOMICIDE

Reports of gunshots about 11 p.m. Saturday, February 2, 2019 brought Memphis Police officers from the Raines Precinct to the 4200 block of Graceland Drive, in the Peppertree Apartments, across from Raines-Finley Park and south of E. Raines Road in Whitehaven. When they arrived officers found a man on the ground. Victim Darius Gates had been shot and was pronounced dead.

Officers learned that a male ran from the scene toward a dark-colored SUV but no other details were available. Anyone with information on this homicide is asked to contact CrimeStoppers. The anonymous phone line is (901) 528-CASH (2274). Tips also can be received by secure text or email here: crimestopmem.org/tips.

Crime of the Week #5

February 1, 2019

HOMICIDE

It was just after 11 p.m. Sunday, January 13, 2019 when Memphis Police officers from the Ridgeway Precinct station answered a call about a shooting in the 5900 block of Hickory Leaf Cove, just north of East Shelby Drive in East Memphis. At the scene officers found a man suffering from a gunshot wound. The man, later identified as Cortez Jones, was transported to Regional One Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

The responding officers determined that as Jones was walking, at least two vehicles pulled into the cove and several subjects emerged, firing multiple shots. One suspect was described as a thin black male, about five feet six inches tall and wearing a black hoodie and red jogging pants. Anyone with information on this murder is asked to contact CrimeStoppers, (901) 528-CASH (2274). Tips are anonymous and awards are available.

Crime of the Week #4

January 25, 2019

TRAFFIC FATALITY

Shelia McGruder was driving her Ford Explorer southbound on Austin Peay Highway near Joslyn Drive at 4:15 a.m. on August 31, 2018 when another vehicle struck her from behind and caused her SUV to flip, trapping her inside. The second vehicle — described as a dark gray or silver Honda Civic — continued on its way toward Jackson Avenue and Wales Road.

The hit-and-run victim was taken to the hospital but later died of her injuries. The suspect’s car probably sustained some damage in the front end from the crash. Anyone with information that can help bring the driver to justice is asked to contact CrimeStoppers, (901) 528-CASH (2274).