Suspects accused of shooting officers appear in court

Published: May. 10, 2021 at 7:12 PM CDT
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Three suspects arrested in connection to the shooting of two law enforcement officers in Memphis appeared in court for the first time Monday.

They along with an unnamed 17-year-old suspect are all charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder.

The suspects, 19-year-old Barium Martin, 19-year-old Adairius Armstrong, 18-year-old Julius Armstrong and a 17-year-old, are all charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder and the employment of a firearm during a dangerous felony.

Memphis police say on Friday an MPD officer and an ATF were investigating a carjacking.

According to court documents, people in a red Ford Focus started shooting at the two officers near Peach and Leath, hitting both of them.

Police say none of the officers’ injuries were life-threatening and neither returned fire.

The officers were treated and released from the hospital.

In court on Monday, the suspects said few words, answering a judge’s questions with “Yes, sir” and “No sir.”

Adairius Armstrong and Julius Armstrong were assigned a court-appointed lawyer.

The judge said Barium Martin’s family was in the process of trying to hire their own lawyer.

The name of the 17-year-old suspect has not been released.

The three adult suspects will be back in court on Friday.

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