(WMC) – Three Germantown police officers shot and killed a war veteran suffering from PTSD, who recently lost his father and was going through a divorce. He also was the father to a 2-year-old daughter; relatives say he adored her.
Germantown police say when they arrived at Cameron Brown Park, Justin Davis was sitting in his black Dodge Charger smoking a cigarette and drinking a beer.
The 24-year-old had a rifle that he was moving around. The Germantown crisis intervention team tried to talk him out of the car for a peaceful resolution.
Investigators say Davis made statements he was suicidal, and he would shoot at officers. When Davis pointed his rifle out the passenger window, three officers fired on him.
He died at the scene from several gunshot wounds. The whole encounter was 15 minutes. Germantown police were called to the scene after getting reports that Davis was suicidal and suffered from PTSD.
The Germantown police command staff and Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agents also came to the park. The TBI is investigating the shooting.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise money for Davis’ burial. The goal is to lay him to rest at the West Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery.
“The war on terror is overseas, but over here, we have a war on veterans. People just not caring enough for the guys who go overseas and come back,” said Jerome Hardaway, an Iraqi war veteran behind the campaign.