A suspect who exchanged gunfire with a Kroger employee in the store's parking lot after stealing his wallet and shooting him Thursday afternoon has died of a gunshot wound, Memphis police said.
The grocery store employee was shot three times -- once in the head, neck and arm, police said. The employee shot the suspect once.
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Police said the fiery exchange took place in a Kroger parking lot in the Southgate Shopping Center on South Third sometime after 4:30 p.m. The Kroger employee was arriving for his shift at the grocery store and was shot in his car.
Moments later after the suspect shot the grocery store employee, a man and a woman pulled up, put the suspect into their SUV, and drove off, police said.
A Shelby County Sheriff Multi-Agency Gang Unit crew happened to be nearby staging for another operation and took pursuit of the SUV. A Memphis Police cruiser attached to the Airways precinct also joined in the chase.
The pursuit ended at South Parkway near Webb.
Ambulances were dispatched to the grocery store and to South Parkway. The suspect who shot the employee was taken to The MED, where he later died. The employee was also taken to The MED. There is no word on his condition.
Police placed the man and woman in custody after a pursuit.
The shooting remains under investigation.
FOX13 News reporter Matt Gerien contributed to this report.