MPD officers fatally shoot 24 in five years; all closed cases ruled justified

On a sunny summer day three years ago, 36-year-old Hernandez Dowdy raced through an East Memphis neighborhood on foot, fleeing police who believed he had stolen a car at gunpoint days earlier.

Quickly behind came Memphis police officer James Archie, who slowed, drew his sidearm and fired a single shot from an estimated 20 yards into Dowdy’s back.

The bullet perforated Dowdy’s left lung and heart, killing him.

He was unarmed.

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