Brandon Webber posted a Facebook Live video shortly before his death which showed him having a brief interaction with officers in Memphis. Webber says in the video that officers would have to catch him as he alluded to a high-speed car chase. Later, Webber was fatally shot by a U.S. Marshals Service officer.
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released a statement, which did not identify Webber, saying U.S. Marshals were serving warrants on a man who rammed his vehicle into the officers’ vehicles before exiting with a weapon. Authorities in Hernando, Mississippi said U.S. Marshals were serving a warrant for them on Webber. They alleged he shot a man five times June 3 and took his car. The man survived and remains hospitalized.
You can watch part of Webber’s video below:
“Preliminary information indicates that at approximately 7 p.m., multiple officers with the United States Marshals Service – Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force encountered a male, wanted on multiple warrants, outside of a home in the 2700 block of Durham Street as he was getting into a vehicle. While attempting to stop the individual, he reportedly rammed his vehicle into the officers’ vehicles multiple times before exiting with a weapon. The officers fired striking and killing the individual. No officers were injured,” the statement said.
Webber was identified by local officials, who confirmed he died. Janice Broach with WMC-TV said marshals were serving “violent charges” on a suspect who “pulled a rifle” on a marshal, prompting at least one marshal to “fire back.”
The mayor said that at least 24 officers were injured in the subsequent unrest and six of them went to the hospital. That number was later increased to 36.
“As I monitored tonight’s fatal shooting involving the US Marshal’s, I was proud of our first responders,” Mayor Jim Strickland wrote. “I’m impressed by their professionalism and incredible restraint as they endured concrete rocks being thrown at them and people spitting at them. At least 24 officers and deputies were injured—6 were taken to the hospital. At least two journalists were injured. Multiple police cars were vandalized. A concrete wall outside a business was torn down. The windows were broken out at fire station 31.”
A GoFundMe page was started in Brandon Webber’s name that indicates donations will go toward funeral expenses, trust funds for his four children and an independent investigation into the shooting. He was a full-time student at University of Memphis who graduated with honors from Central High School, the page says.
“If you know Brandon you know all he wanted was to be the best father he could for his children,” the page says. “Let’s show the world that Memphis will stand up for Brandon the way he stood up for Memphis.”
Webber’s last Facebook post was a video that seemed to indicate he would not surrender peacefully to police. He posted the Facebook Live video on his account at about 4 p.m., less than three hours before the shooting. It appeared to show him driving and smoking a blunt. He captioned the video “What’s The Move I Need A Date. Who Wanna Traffic with they Favorite GreenHeart.” The video has been removed from Facebook.
Toward the end of the video, a brief police siren can be heard in the background. He moves the camera to capture the police car.
“Oh God, look at these b****es,” he said.”Don’t drive by me.”
An earlier version of this article quoted Webber as saying “He gonna have to kill me homie. I ain’t even gonna lie. I would do their a** so bad they’d leave me alone.”
Several readers have emailed us to say Webber is saying “catch” and not “kill.” The line comes with 30 seconds left in the video.
The Facebook Live video appeared to show Webber discussing drugs. He appeared to be driving while smoking a blunt.
“I need somebody to help me clear my head. Somebody to make my day better,” he said.
He stopped the vehicle early in the video to make an exchange that could not be clearly seen in the video.
“I need somebody to slide with me in the pinto,” he said.
He talked about being up late in the studio, saying he was tired because he has kids.
“Bruh, I be tired. I got kids. I’m trying to lay down with my kids or something,” he said.
He said several times he wanted someone to join him, and seemed to discuss drug dealing.
“I be bored. I ain’t be having sh*t to do. I don’t do sh*t but ride around and get money,” he said. “I just be wishing I had somebody to ride around and get money with me.”
Later in the video, he said, “I want somebody to ride around with a drug dealer, ride around with a drug dealer, some beautiful young lady.”
He seemed to react to police sirens when he stepped out of his car.
“Police f***ing up a (n*****) day,” he said. “They some hoes.”
Editor’s note: An earlier version of this post quoted Brandon Webber in the headline and in the text of the article as saying police would have to “kill” him. We have removed that direct quote from the headline and article to reflect uncertainty over whether he said “kill” or “catch.”