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Memphis library shooting leaves one dead, cop in ‘extremely critical condition’


A Memphis police officer is in “extremely critical condition” and a second individual is dead following a midday shootout at a local library, cops said Thursday.


The Tennessee department, already under fire for the police-custody death of FedEx worker Tyre Nichols, said the incident happened shortly after 12:30 p.m. when cops responded to a call at the Poplar-White Station Library in East Memphis shortly, police said on Twitter.


Police said the wounded officer was taken to Regional One Hospital after the shooting, while the other individual was declared dead at the scene, according to the tweet.


“At this point, it is unclear what exactly occurred,” the tweet said. “However, preliminary information confirms that an officer and another individual were shot.


“The individual was pronounced dead at the scene. The scene is secure,” it said. “This investigation is active and ongoing.”


Memphis police have been in the national spotlight since the fatal police beating of motorist Tyre Nichols on Jan. 7, which sparked nationwide protests after disturbing bodycam footage of the incident was made public.


Five officers involved in the incident are facing murder charges in the case.


Nichols, 29, is seen on the video pleading for his mom while he is pummeled by the cops.

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