(3/15/19) A grand jury decided no charges will be filed in a West Memphis officer-involved shooting that left two people dead last January. This comes as West Memphis Police released dash camera footage of the shooting Friday morning.
The police department says the six officers involved remain on paid administrative leave. West Memphis police held a press conference Friday morning. The department is still conducting its own investigation into the actions of the officers involved.
The police chief described the events of January 16 as violent.
The department said this all started as traffic because the car in question had its high beams on and no license plate. When the officer turned on the squad car’s lights, a chase began.
The department said officers used different tactics to stop the vehicle, from a tire deflation device to boxing the vehicle in. Police said the driver rammed several police cars before running over an officer.
That when officers opened fire on the vehicle, killing the driver, 22-year-old Megan Rivera, and her passenger, 30-year-old De’Angelo Brown.
According to investigators, the vehicle the pair were in was stolen from a 72-year-old out of South Carolina. Following the shooting, investigators say they found one firearm and cocaine.
West Memphis Police say the department will wrap up its own investigation sometime next week.