CHICAGO (CBS) — A man with ties to the Chicago area has been charged with killing a police officer with a car in Memphis, and shooting three other men.Employee At FOUND Hotel In River North Accused Of Stabbing Man, Going Into Rage, Leaving Guests In Terror
Police said Welch stole a car from a gas station in Memphis, shot two men outside a bar and restaurant, then shot a bass pro shop employee in the store parking lot, and led officers on a chase. At some point, he crashed through a metal barricade, and ran over Memphis Police Officer Verdell Smith, killing him, according to police.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Weekend Warmup
According to WREG, witnesses said the crime spree started when Welch started yelling at a group of people outside a restaurant, and shot two men point-blank. A few minutes later, he allegedly drove a Silver Chevy Camaro into the parking lot of a nearby bass pro shop, and shot a store employee, then fled the area, later striking Smith during a police chase.
Welch allegedly abandoned the stolen car, and was later caught in a foot chase.MORE NEWS: Hundreds Of Cars Roll Through Downtown For Second Night To Celebrate Mexican Independence Day
According to court records, in 2013, Welch pleaded guilty to one count of felony aggravated unlawful use of a weapon in Cook County, and was sentenced to two years’ probation. He later was charged with violating probation, but the case was dismissed.