MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A man was arrested and charged Wednesday in a deadly East Memphis shooting a day earlier.
Tray Bledsoe, 29, was charged with first-degree murder and being a convicted felon in possession of a handgun in connection with a shooting on Myrna near South Perkins, police reported.
According to an affidavit, Bledsoe told a police officer, “I just shot him. I had to.”
The officer found the victim, identified as Colton Burr, shot multiple times inside a white Cadillac SRX.
Bledsoe’s mother, Lisa Bledsoe, says her son was defending the family after a driver followed her son home and threatened them following a traffic incident on Knight Arnold in Hickory Hill.
“He stands there and he yells up to my son and says, ‘Hey man, you know you cut me off.’ And my son politely said, ‘I’m sorry. If I did, I’m sorry. I apologize,'” Bledsoe said.
She says she asked the man repeatedly to leave.
“And he stood there and he told my son, ‘I will kill you. I will shoot you and your mother. Wait right here,'” she said.
She said Burr went to his car and bent down as her son started shooting. Bledsoe told officers he thought Burr was going to get a weapon.
Police said video showed Burr talking to Bledsoe at the back door of the residence, but they said Burr was not armed.
“If someone comes on my property and threatens me, I feel like we should all have the right to protect ourself and our property,” Lisa Bledsoe said.