BREAKING UPDATE: Teen Suspect in Memphis Shooting That Killed One Cop and Hospitalized Two Was Released Without Bond for Previous Serious Crimes Last Month

This morning around 2 AM, Memphis police officers answered a report about a suspicious vehicle. At the scene, they encountered two teenage boys who got into a shootout with the cops.

One of them, 18-year-old Yaylen Loble, had been caught previously for being inside a stolen car with a modified firearm that could function like a machine gun. He was arrested in March and let go without having to pay bond.

The teenage criminals killed a Memphis Police Officer, and two additional officers are now in the hospital.

Just now, Interim Memphis Police Chief C.J. Davis publicly announced that the Memphis Police Officer who was killed is Joseph McKinney. Interim Chief Davis stated that Officer McKinney joined the department in 2020:

“At approximately 2 AM, officers responded to a suspicious vehicle call at Horn Lake Road and Charter Avenue. When officers approached the vehicle, they were fired upon by the occupants inside. Officers then returned fire.”

“At that time, the suspect took off, and MPD officers pursued the vehicle for a short distance. Where the vehicle stopped in the area of the 400 block of Hewlett Road. The two suspects were apprehended at that time. The Suspect was taken into custody immediately. One scene was located nearby.”

“A total of three officers were struck by gunfire. Tragically, one of our officers lost his life. That officer is Joseph McKinney. He was assigned to the station ship. The officer was brought here to Regional One, but thankfully, he has been upgraded to non-critical condition, and he’s doing well. The Officer was treated on the scene and is in stable condition.”

“One suspect was 18 years old, and the other suspect is 17 years old. Both suspects were transported to Regional One in critical condition. Both of them sustained gunfire as well.”

“One suspect has been pronounced deceased. The 18-year-old suspect was arrested in March 2024 by MPD in a stolen vehicle with an illegally modified semi-automatic weapon with a Glock switch attached. The Glock switch converted the weapon to a fully automatic machine gun.”

“He was also charged that time for a stolen vehicle and having a programming device commonly used to steal cars. The suspect was released at that time without bond.”

Jaylen Loble, the 18-year-old suspect, has been pronounced dead. The second suspect, a 17-year-old male, has been captured and is currently hospitalized.

The Left has a hidden truth they’d rather keep quiet: if the 18-year-old had been behind bars serving time for his earlier offense, he might still be alive. He faced no consequences for his last crime, possibly giving him a false sense of invulnerability.

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Democrats’ no-bail-for-criminals policies are a risky gamble. Many states are seeing record low numbers of people signing up to be police officers, and Democrats’ support for those who courageously protect strangers every day is almost nonexistent.

As a team, we extend our sincere thoughts and prayers to the family of Officer McKinney and for the other officers who have been hospitalized.

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By Hunter Fielding
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