State offering $7,500 reward in Highway Patrol station shooting

News release from Department of Safety and Homeland Security
MEMPHIS – The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security is offering up to a $7,500 reward for information that will lead to the arrest and conviction of the person (s) involved in the shooting of the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) Memphis District Office at 6348 Summer Avenue Memphis, TN.

At the time of the shooting employees were present in the building. This shooting occurred on June 5, 2016. At least fourteen rounds were fired into the front of the building, causing significant damage.

Anyone having information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact one of the following law enforcement agencies or anonymous tip lines:

Tennessee Highway Patrol Criminal Investigations Division, District 4: 731-668-9644 Tennessee Highway Patrol Memphis: (901) 543-6256 Bartlett Police Department Crime Stoppers: 901-385-5550 Bartlett Crime Stoppers: (901) 382-MONY (382-6669) Memphis Crime Stoppers: (901) 528-CASH (528-2274)

“This was a serious and blatant attack on law enforcement, and we intend to do everything we can to hold anyone involved accountable. We need the public’s help to insure that justice is done in this case,” said Bill Gibbons, Commissioner of Safety and Homeland Security.

“This was a deliberate attack on the fiber of all that is good. We will not stand by and let our employees be attacked and then do nothing. This despicable act of violence is not acceptable and will not be tolerated. We are requesting the public’s assistance, this is your community,” said Tracy Trott, Colonel of the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

Further, from the Commercial Appeal:

Tennessee Highway Patrol Lt. William Futrell told officers that they heard 15 to 20 gunshots.

Authorities said several rounds hit the front of the building. Officers found 14 AK-47 shell casings in the eastbound lanes of the highway in front of the headquarters.

Bartlett Police Chief Gary Rikard said they have received a few tips and reviewed surveillance videos, but need more information.