The TBI investigative file in the shooting death of Jonathon Bratcher (aka Jonathan Bratcher) was made public by Gen. Weirich. The file may be viewed by following this link: TBI BRATCHER FILE.
D.A. Weirich obtained court approval last week from Shelby County Chancellor JoeDae L. Jenkins.
TBI files are an exception to public records laws and are not open to the public without a subpoena or a court order. Gen. Weirich told the chancellor last week that release of the detailed TBI file would give the public a more thorough understanding of the widely publicized incident.
Bratcher, 32, was killed by police on Jan. 27, 2016, near Mississippi Boulevard and South Parkway East after he began shooting at officers while fleeing to avoid arrest. Gen. Weirich announced last month that no criminal charges would be brought against the officers and that they were justified in firing their weapons at the suspect in self-defense, in the defense of others and in order to affect an arrest.
That decision was made following a review of an investigative file compiled by the Violent Crime Response Team of the TBI. The file contains hundreds of pages of statements from officers and witnesses, crime scene details, video and photographs, and forensic reports.
By law and court order, personal identifying information in the file has been redacted.
Video from a deputy’s body camera also is included. The video recorded the sound of gunfire and the scene, but was not in a position to record the shooting. Additional MPD footage from Units that arrived after the shooting is being redacted and should be available next week.
All fatal shootings involving law enforcement officers of the Memphis Police Department or the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department are investigated by the TBI, according to a memorandum of understanding signed in October of last year by those parties and by Gen. Weirich.
The final report goes to the District Attorney for a legal review of the TBI’s factual findings and a determination of whether any criminal laws were violated and whether an indictment should be sought.