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Campus crime report: Gunshots fired at off-campus apartment complex


1. Gunshots reported at apartment on Southern Avenue


Officers responded to multiple phone calls Jan. 13 from residents reporting of gunshots in the area of 3655 Southern Ave., according to an incident report made by the Memphis Police Department.

Officers Mettler, Lin and Wagner reported to the scene and were notified by a resident that there were around four to five shots fired on his floor.

After the man identified the location of the shots, the officers knocked on the door and discovered a black man on the phone “yellingâ€, “Hey man, are you all right? Are you all right?†Officers reported they heard the man on the other end say, “I just got robbed. I shot at them.â€

Police entered the home of the other man who was on the phone call and noticed a shell casing in front of his apartment door, according to the report. Officers instructed him to contact his roommates and advise them to arrive at the scene as soon as possible.

When the roommates arrived, one of them found a bullet hole in her room.

After officers reviewed the apartment’s video footage, two black men were detained by law enforcement after being seen with a handgun and rifle.

Both men initially denied their involvement in the incident, but when the men were informed that witnesses reported seeing them at the scene, one of the suspects claimed he was robbed and exchanged fire in self-defense.

There were no reports of injuries from the shooting.


2. Non-student causes disturbance on campus


On Dec. 10, 2018, officers reported to Rawls Hall on the University of Memphis campus to handle an intimidation complaint, according to a police report filed by Officer Claude Berry.

A student walked past a non-student who asked him about a woman. The student informed the man that he did not know the woman and said he noticed the man walking to a car with two men inside. 

The non-student threatened the student and said he would retrieve a weapon from the vehicle. The two male passengers were found but denied making any threats. No arrests were made, but a BB gun was found in the vehicle and confiscated by law enforcement.


3. Identity theft scare


On Dec. 11, 2018, officers responded to a report of identity theft at 505 Zach Curlin St., according to a police report filed by Officer Berry.

The victim said she was trying to open an AT&T account from an online website for which she provided confidential information, but when the woman called the company, she was informed the account did not exist.

To prevent monetary damage, her card was placed on an authorized hold, according to the police report.


4. Repeat trespasser spotted near campus dorms


On Dec. 12, 2018, officers reported to a trespasser call from Centennial Place, according to a police report filed by Officer Andre Fuller.

Officers discovered a black wallet containing about $170, in the suspect’s possession, which they determined did not belong to him, according to the report.

The individual was charged with criminal trespassing for the second time in three years, with his last incident happening in October 2017.


5. Employee experiences attempted car theft


On Dec. 13, 2018, officers responded to a car theft at 505 Zach Curlin St., according to a police report filed by Officer James Vickers.

A UofM employee informed police that an individual had attempted to steal her vehicle twice within one week.

Another individual drove the woman’s car to campus, with the employee’s consent, and he told her that he noticed a dent on the car’s side, which prompted her to call the police, according to the report.

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