Witnesses: Memphis officer shot 19-year-old Darrius Stewart as he tried to run away
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Two witnesses to the fatal shooting of a black Memphis man by a white police officer said 19-year-old Darrius Stewart was shot while trying to run away, although the medical examiner said the two were no more than 4 feet apart.
According to an investigative file released Tuesday, several people witnessed parts of the July 17 altercation between Stewart and Officer Connor Schilling. Witnesses say they saw Stewart and Schilling wrestling on the ground and gave varying accounts of the shooting. Schilling says he shot Stewart during the struggle and then Stewart ran away.
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The medical examiner’s report did not indicate Stewart and Schilling’s exact positions during the shooting.
A grand jury declined to indict Schilling. Federal authorities are reviewing the case.
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