15 Killed in MPD Officer-Involved Shootings over Past Year
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - More than a dozen people have been shot and killed by Memphis Police Officers in the past 12 months. The most recent was 24-year-old Steven Askew, who was shot and killed last Thursday at The Windsor Place Apartments on Knight Arnold after police say he pointed a gun at them.
Howard Manis, an attorney representing Askew's family, told abc24.com "He was a loving son, brother, cousin, and friend to many."
Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong said at a Tuesday press conference, "Our hearts and prayers go out to Steven Askew's family in their time of loss."
Askew become the 15th person to die at the hands of a Memphis police officer in a year, the second of 2013.
Director Armstrong told abc24.com his officers "are trained to shoot until they neutralize the threat." Armstrong added it's never a good day any time an officer has to kill someone, but the job of a protector of peace is a dangerous one. "Our officers are faced with this on a daily basis."