A young black man shot dead by federal agents as they sought to arrest him in Memphis, triggering overnight clashes between police and protesters, was wanted as a suspect in the shooting of a man in Mississippi earlier this month, authorities said on Thursday. At least two dozen police officers were injured in the street unrest in Memphis after Brandon Webber, 20, was killed on Wednesday night by members of a federal fugitive task force seeking him on warrants stemming from the June 3 incident in Hernando, a Mississippi city just south of Memphis.
The tensions in Memphis, with hundreds of protesters taking to the streets overnight, evoked memories of a string of sometimes violent protests against police brutality that broke out in other cities in recent years. Authorities in Mississippi said Webber was suspected of having shot a man five times point blank and leaving him for dead after going for a test drive of a car that the victim was offering for sale.
A second suspect in the shooting remains at large.
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