Bryan Johnson Gregory, 33

Memphis, Tennessee
January 17, 2018

Agencies: Shelby County Sheriff's Office Tennessee | Tennessee Bureau of Investigation TBI

Cause of death: Shooting

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Last updated: almost 6 years ago


Undercover narcotics deputies were trying to pull 33-year-old Bryan Johnson Gregory over around 3 p.m. on Decatur Street.

They suspected him of dealing marijuana and had a warrant to search his house in another part of town.

"And to know all that was going on and not hear anything. That's scary," said Lafronia Lavender, who lives on Decatur Street.

Things got scarier when Johnson allegedly hit the gas, ramming two undercover vehicles.

Once he finally stopped, deputies say he reached for a gun. At that point, they said they shot him.

"The officer was ordering him out of the car. That's when he reached for a weapon underneath the seat," Chief Deputy Floyd Bonner, with the Shelby County Sheriff's Office, said.

Johnson, a husband and father of two, was hit in the shoulder and rushed to the hospital while his passenger was led off for questioning.

"Y'all said that he went under the seat. No he didn't, no he didn't. My baby has a heart of gold," the suspect's mother said.