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      Memphis Officer Joseph Kinney ‘s Death May Be Result of gunfire from another officer

      Joseph Kinney

      Recent developments in the aftermath of a tragic shooting in Memphis have shed new light on the circumstances surrounding the death of Officer Joseph Kinney, suggesting that he may have been fatally wounded by gunfire from another officer.

      The incident, which unfolded on April 12, resulted in a devastating loss of life, with Officer Kinney and a teenage suspect succumbing to their injuries. Additionally, three officers and two suspects sustained gunshot wounds during the altercation.

      While one teenage suspect has been apprehended and placed in custody, the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office has announced its intention to seek a transfer for the prosecution of the 17-year-old in adult court. However, murder charges against the suspect are not being pursued at this time due to recent revelations regarding Officer Kinney’s death.

      In a statement, the District Attorney’s Office emphasized that preliminary information suggests Officer Kinney was fatally wounded by gunfire from a fellow officer, prompting a reevaluation of the charges against the teenage suspect.

      The Memphis Police Department (MPD) expressed ongoing mourning for the loss of Officer Kinney and acknowledged the complexity of the situation. MPD highlighted the extreme violence of the incident that led to Officer Kinney’s tragic death and paid tribute to his service to the community. Officer Kinney served in the police force for over four years, from February 15, 2020, to April 12, 2024.

      A visitation and funeral service for Officer Kinney have been scheduled for April 22 in Cordova, Tennessee, allowing the community to pay their respects and honor his memory.

      While the DA’s office intends to file multiple charges against the teen suspect, including criminal attempted first-degree murder, they emphasized that any legal avenues for additional prosecution will be pursued diligently in the pursuit of justice for Officer Kinney and his loved ones.

      The revelation of possible friendly fire underscores the complexities and risks inherent in law enforcement operations, serving as a poignant reminder of the sacrifices made by officers in the line of duty.

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