Officers found justified in shooting Tennessee man 58 times

September 17, 2021 GMT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Five Tennessee officers who fatally shot a man 58 times after he wounded a sheriff’s deputy inside a trailer did not break the law during the shooting, a prosecutor said.

Members of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Apprehension Team went to a trailer park in Memphis in September 2019 to look for Willie Hudson Jr., who had a felony arrest warrant for attempted first-degree murder, Shelby County district attorney Amy Weirich said Thursday.

Hudson, 33, was found hiding behind a bookcase in a trailer and refused orders to come out, authorities said.

Hudson began shooting as officers pulled back the bookcase, authorities said. One officer was critically wounded before the officers returned fire, authorities said.

During two rounds of shooting, officers shot Hudson 58 times, officials said.

In a statement, Weirich said the number of shots doesn’t affect whether the shooting was legally justified. Weirich said the officers were there to make a lawful arrest during an “unexpected, life-or-death gunfight in close quarters.”