MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The case of a man charged with shooting three people and running over and killing a Memphis police officer is heading to a grand jury.
According to The Commercial Appeal, a judge ruled Wednesday that there is enough probable cause for charges including first-degree murder, attempted murder and evading arrest against 21-year-old Justin Welch.
Welch is accused of shooting two people at a restaurant and another person outside the iconic Memphis Pyramid on June 4 in downtown Memphis. All three survived. Police say he led officers on a chase in a stolen car before hitting Officer Verdell Smith, who was clearing pedestrians from the vehicle’s path near Beale Street, a busy tourist destination.
Smith died at a hospital.
A grand jury will decide whether to indict Welch.