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Officer recovering from 'friendly fire' incident

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

A 32-year-old Memphis police officer remains in critical but stable condition Friday after he was accidentally shot Thursday afternoon by a brother in blue.

Officer Willie Bryant spent hours in surgery Thursday after the accidental shooting.

He was shot while he and another officer were serving a narcotics search warrant with the gang unit. When they entered the home a pit bull charged them and the victim was hit when the other officer opened fire.

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Everyone from the Shelby County Sheriff's Officer to the District Attorney and Police Director Toney Armstrong are all making one request.

"Right now we are just asking for your continued prayers as he fights to get through surgery," Director Armstrong said. 

Memphis Police Association President Michael Williams said everyone is "praying for a successful surgery and for his family."

"They're shaken to the core," Williams added. "It would almost be like with any situation. How would you feel?  If This would have went off and no one would have gotten shot, the citizens wouldn't have known about it. But this happens on a reoccurring basis all the time." 

Two people were taken into custody on the scene. Police seized several guns, bulletproof vests, and drugs at the home where they were serving  the warrant on Thursday.

At this time the officer who opened fire has been relieved of duty pending the outcome of the investigation.

It was revealed Friday that the unidentified officer mistakenly shot Officer Bryant with a shotgun during a warrant being served for Lazarus Johnson and Charles Cross.  Johnson's warrant was for possession of controlled substance with intent to Mauf/Dell/Sell to wit: Crack CocainePossessing a firearm during commission/attempt to commit dangerous felony to wit: handgunPossession of Controlled substance to wit: marijuana.

Cross' warrant was for possession of controlled substance with intent to Mauf/Dell/Sell to wit: Crack CocainePossessing a firearm during commission/attempt to commit dangerous felony to wit: handgunPossession of Controlled substance to wit: marijuanaResisting Official Detention.

Affidavit of Complaint

One of the officers tried to shoot at a dog, but missed and accidentally hit Bryant. Rudolph said Friday that the officer shot Bryant with a shotgun.

"When it goes bad, it goes bad quickly," Williams said.

Memphis police officer face life-threatening situations on a daily basis, Williams added.

"Every time an officer leaves his home his wife or his loved one does not know whether he's going to return that day," he said. "That's a lot to put on individuals. But we understand and we take the risks."

Bryant has been with the department since 2003 and is a member of the Organized Crime Unit.

Director Armstrong said Officer Bryant and the officer who fired the shot are close friends, and they are part of a team.

"When you rely and you have to work in such tight spaces and rely on each other like that, you become family," Director Armstrong said.

After visiting Officer Bryant at The MED, Mayor A C Wharton placed the blame on the two men who were arrested.

"I look at what started it," Mr. Wharton said. "I don't look at what happened. Again, if we hadn't had the criminal element there the officers never would have been there."

Williams said the Organized Crime Unit officers were doing their job, clearing a drug house.

"The citizens want service from the police and they want the police to do things," he said. "In doing that these are the kind of things that are going to happen. But also in doing that the officers want to know that they have the support of the city."

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