MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Delois Johnson is inconsolable as she laments the death of her son at the hands of two Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies Wednesday.
“See, I hurt. I hurt. This killing has got to stop,” Johnson said. “Y’all killed that boy in cold blood.”
Undercover narcotics deputies were trying to pull 33-year-old Bryan Johnson Gregory over around 3 p.m. on Decatur Street.
They suspected him of dealing marijuana and had a warrant to search his house in another part of town.
“And to know all that was going on and not hear anything. That’s scary,” said Lafronia Lavender, who lives on Decatur Street.
Things got scarier when Johnson allegedly hit the gas, ramming two undercover vehicles.
Once he finally stopped, deputies say he reached for a gun. At that point, they said they shot him.
“The officer was ordering him out of the car. That’s when he reached for a weapon underneath the seat,” Chief Deputy Floyd Bonner, with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, said.