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For Immediate Release

U.S. Marshals Office of Public Affairs (703) 740-1699

Murder Suspect Wanted for Deadly Shooting of Community Activist Apprehended by U.S. Marshals in Memphis

Memphis, TN – Tifanee Wright, 33, who was wanted in Shelby County for Second Degree Murder in connection with the death of community activist, Dr. Yvonne Nelson, was captured by the U.S. Marshals around 2 a.m. today. Tyreece Miller, U.S. Marshal for the Western District of Tennessee, announced today.

In the late evening hours of August 13, 2022, Memphis police responded to the 5000 block of Yale Road in Memphis to shots fired. The Memphis Fire Department Engine 48 made the scene, and the victim was pronounced deceased. The Memphis Police Department developed Tifanee Wright as a suspect in the investigation.

On August 16, a warrant was issued out of Shelby County General Sessions Court for the arrest of Wright. On the same day, the U.S. Marshals Two Rivers Violent Fugitive Task Force adopted the case and attempted to locate and apprehend Wright.

Early this morning, the Two Rivers Task Force, Shelby County Fugitive Apprehension Team, and Memphis Police Fugitive Apprehension Team went to an address in the 2000 block of Stoneway Lane in Memphis to apprehend Wright. The front door was barricaded with a couch, but investigators were able to communicate with and “call-out” Wright. She surrendered without incident and was taken into custody.

“The U.S. Marshals Service is committed to working with our local partners to bring violent offenders to justice in our communities,” said U.S. Marshal Miller.

The U.S. Marshals Two Rivers Violent Fugitive Task Force is a multi-agency task force within Western Tennessee. The Western Tennessee Division of the TRVFTF has offices in Memphis and Jackson, and its membership is primarily composed of Deputy U.S. Marshals, Shelby County Sheriff’s Deputies, Memphis Police Officers, Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputies, Jackson Police Officers, and the Tennessee Department of Corrections Special Agents. The primary mission of the Task Force is to arrest violent offenders and sexual predators.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at https://www.usmarshals.gov.

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