On Wednesday evening, an
off duty Memphis Police officer working secondary employment in MPD uniform at
3950 Austin Peay, Wal-Mart, observed an unknown male shoplifting. The officer
followed the suspect out of the store when he flagged down two on duty
preliminary investigation revealed the officers attempted to speak with the
suspect who was irate and refusing to comply with officers repeated commands.
The suspect assaulted one officer and a struggle ensued between the suspect and
all officers. After trying to detain the suspect with hands and asp baton, the
suspect reached inside of his waistband as if he was concealing a weapon. The
suspect was given verbal commands to show his hands, but he refused to comply.
The suspect made a sudden move spinning towards officers. One officer fired one
round from his department issued weapon striking the suspect.
suspect, who has not been identified, was transported by ambulance to the Regional Medical Center
where he is currently listed in critical condition.
officers sustained minor injuries but were not hospitalized.
names of the officers involved will not be released until they have been
The officer that fired his weapon has been routinely relieved of duty with pay pending the outcome of the investigation.
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FOX13 News reporter Earle Farrell contributed to this report.