A Shelby County deputy shot and killed a sexual assault suspect Monday morning outside the county jail near Poplar and Exchange.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is now investigating the shooting.
Surveillance video from a nearby business shows the incident, which ended with the deputy being stabbed and the suspect being shot.
Bystanders rush to help the deputy as another law enforcement officer tended to the suspect, now identified as 49-year-old James Lee Kirkwood. In the video, Kirkwood’s pants fall as he falls to the ground.
According to investigators, the deputy was on patrol and responded to a report of a sexual assault. When he was speaking with the victim she pointed out Kirkwood.
According to TBI, Kirkwood was armed with a knife and stabbed the deputy who then fired his gun. Kirkwood died at the hospital.
Memphis Police Director Mike Rallings stopped by Regional One Monday morning to check on the deputy before he was released from the hospital.
Rallings described the deputy as “one of the greatest men I know.”