Mayor: Police substation coming to Beale Street

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Mayor A C Wharton Jr. says a police substation is being planned for Beale Street after a recent spate of violence in Memphis' main tourist district.

The Commercial Appeal reports that Wharton and Memphis Police Chief Toney Armstrong met with Beale Street merchants on Tuesday to address recent police-involved incidents in the entertainment district known for its blues bars, dance clubs and barbecue restaurants.

Four officers were injured Saturday night during a fight with two men that broke out while police were clearing the street. Tuesday morning, a knife-wielding 19-year-old man was shot and killed by police.

Wharton said merchants would soon see a police substation open in the area. The tourist drag used to have a small precinct, but it was moved in 2000.

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