Statement from DPS Commissioner Marshall Fisher Regarding Recent Officer Involved Shooting in Memphis, Tennessee

Submitted by tina.wells on Fri, 06/28/2019 - 10:51

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Captain Johnny Poulos

Email: jpoulos@dps.ms.gov

JACKSON, MS - On Thursday, June 13, 2019, Commissioner of Public Safety Marshall Fisher responded to questions about a threat made to law enforcement officials concerning an incident that occurred in Memphis, Tennessee this week. A bulletin was issued by the Mississippi Department of Public Safety to law enforcement officials advising them to use extra caution and be on high alert when they are in public. "We received credible intelligence that a threat had been issued on law enforcement pursuant to the events that occurred in the city of Memphis on Wednesday evening," said DPS Commissioner Marshall Fisher. "I felt it was necessary to get that information out to law enforcement."

The Mississippi Department of Public Safety is responsible for dissemination of information to law enforcement officers and agencies through bulletins released by the Mississippi Analysis and Information Center (MSAIC) also known as the Fusion Center. These bulletins are intended to support local, state, tribal, and federal government agencies in developing/prioritizing protective and support measures relating to existing or emerging threats to the Mississippi Law Enforcement Community. MHP Colonel Chris Gillard stated, “The safety of our law enforcement officers in this state is of utmost priority. The thin blue line protects our citizens everyday and their safety must not be compromised”. Commissioner Fisher added, “We currently have an environment nationwide where it seems that law enforcement officers are increasingly under threats of violence. It's incumbent upon us to get information out as soon as possible."