Rodney James Hess was shot and killed by police officers in Memphis, Tennessee while he was driving to visit family living there. According to reports, he had Facebook Live going and the whole thing was recorded. Now, you won’t see him die in the video but you do hear the shots and a man screaming. Apparently, he was unarmed when this happened.
Police officers pulled up by Rodney while he was parked perpendicular along the highway. They said they wanted to see what was wrong. Officers said Hess refused to do what they said and he asked to speak to “higher in command” meaning he just wanted to speak to their supervisors.
|Rodney James Hess Facebook Live|
Officers also reported that Hess kept trying to hit them with his vehicle. They reported that after many attempts to get him to listen to them and do what they asked him to do, one police officer shot through the windshield of the vehicle to stop him from coming after them with his vehicle anymore.
Although most of it was caught on Facebook Live, Hess’s family is asking anyone who has any information regarding this shooting to come forward.
The family attorney stated that all Hess was asking for was to speak to their supervisors when he asked to speak to “higher command” and that he was not acting aggressively toward the police.
Hess was airlifted to a Memphis, Tennessee hospital where he died shortly after getting there. His family posted on Facebook asking any witnesses to please speak up about the shooting of their loved one. They stated, “All we are asking for is justice.”
Rodney Hess had three children ages 14-years-old, three-years-old, and 18-months-old. Hess was born and raised in Memphis which was not far from where he was shot and killed. However, he had been living in between Houston, Texas and New Orleans, Louisiana and was traveling to Memphis to visit family when this happened to him.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is currently investigating the shooting and will determine if the police officers were in the wrong for this shooting or not.
If you know anything about the shooting and have any information regarding the shooting of Rodney Hess, please come forward for his family’s sake.
Watch the live video below: