JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) -- Authorities filed charges Wednesday against a man accused of killing a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation special agent during an undercover drug buy.
Brenden Tyler Burns, 23, is charged with murder in the course of an attempted aggravated robbery, the TBI said in a statement.
TBI special agent De'Greaun Frazier was shot to death Tuesday during an undercover drug investigation in west Tennessee.
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TBI spokesman Josh DeVine said in a news release that Frazier was working with other agents and narcotics officers on a drug investigation when he met a person for a controlled buy in a car in Jackson.
TBI Director Mark Gwyn said the person drew a gun in an apparent robbery attempt and fired at least once, hitting the agent, who died later at a hospital.
Burns was arrested Tuesday and arraigned Wednesday in Jackson City Court. He is being held without bond. A court clerk said records do not show if Burns has an attorney.
Media outlets reported that Frazier was a police officer with the University of Memphis from 2006 to 2010. He joined the Millington Police Department in 2010, then left in February to join the TBI. Frazier also worked for the Shelby County Sheriff's Office.
Millington police Inspector Reggie Fields told The Jackson Sun that Frazier leaves behind a wife and two young children.
"He was at my office about two weeks ago, and he was showing us new photos of the latest child in his family. That child was less than a year old," Fields said. "Dee Frazier was the best of the best."
Records show his most recent prior charges were in March in Madison County on possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia and evading arrest. Those charges are pending.