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Police confrontation ends in death of young Tennessee Soldier

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Justin Neil Davis, 24, was shot and killed by police officers in Cameron Brown Park in Germantown, Tenn., Tuesday night. According to news reports he was in his car with a rifle contemplating suicide.

A “Be-On-The-Lookout”, or BOLO alert was issued earlier in the day by the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department for the Iraq War veteran after they received a call on a crisis hotline. The caller was anonymous but said Davis was armed, possibly dangerous and probably suicidal.

Sheriff’s deputies alerted Germantown Police who went to the veteran’s home. No one was there.

Officers later found Davis at the park off Farmington Boulevard, where the situation quickly went from bad to worse.

The Germantown officers immediately established contact with Davis. One report indicates they were communicating via cell phone, another says they used their public address system in the squad car. Both reports are likely accurate. The police were able to evacuate the area before all hell broke loose.

Multiple shots were fired just before 10 p.m.; gunfire that left Justin Neil Davis dead.

The three Germantown officers who fired their weapons are on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation. It was not known if Davis aimed his rifle at the cops during the indicent.

The district attorney's office of Fayette County has asked the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to take the lead in the case.

Germantown is a suburb of Memphis located in Shelby County, Tenn. Fayette County is also in the greater metropolitan area of Memphis.