Report details Memphis police fatal shooting

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- An internal affairs report shows that a man who was fatally shot by Memphis police in January was legally drunk and had marijuana in his system the night he died.

The Commercial Appeal reports that an internal affairs file made available Monday shows Steven Askew pointed a handgun at Memphis police officers Ned Aufdenkamp and Matthew Dyess before they fired 22 rounds, striking Askew nine times and killing him Jan. 17.

According to the internal affairs file, the officers found Askew sleeping in a car at an apartment complex. The officers shined flashlights into the car and tapped on the windows, waking Askew.

The report shows Askew then pointed a pistol at the officers. After Askew apparently failed to obey commands to raise his hands, they opened fire.

Join the Conversation!

To comment, the following rules must be followed:

  • No Obscenity, Profanity, Vulgarity, Racism or Violent Descriptions
  • No Negative Community Comparisons
  • No Fighting, Name-calling, or Personal Attacks
  • Multiple Accounts are Not Allowed
  • Stay on Story Topic

Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to Please provide detailed information.

powered by Disqus


6450 Papermill Drive Knoxville, TN 37919 Phone - (865) 450-8888; Fax - (865) 450-8869
Copyright © 2014 WVLT-TV Inc. - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 219439471 -
Gray Television, Inc.