Sheriff’s office: Deputy shoots driver who tried to run over him with car

Both taken to area hospitals
Published: Aug. 16, 2021 at 1:07 PM CDT
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office says a driver tried to run over a deputy Monday and the deputy opened fire.

State agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation were called to Memphis for the shooting on Robin Park Circle around noon. According to TBI, Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich requested an investigation into the shooting.

According to the sheriff’s office, the driver tried to run over the deputy with a car and the deputy then shot the driver. Both were taken to area hospitals; the deputy is stable and the suspect is in critical condition.

SCSO Lt. Dallas Wolfe said deputies were investigating a case when the driver “attacked” the deputy with the car. He addressed a rumor that a child was shot and said the only person shot was the driver who is not a child, though he did not have the man’s age.

Wolfe said he didn’t have details on the deputy’s injuries but said he’s expected to be OK. He referred all questions about the original case and the shooting investigation to TBI.

The Memphis Police Department released a statements saying their officers were not involved in the shooting but were called in to help secure the area.

Law enforcement from several different agencies blocked off the neighborhood near Robinhood Park Apartments Monday afternoon. TBI arrived at the scene around 2:30. They haven’t released any additional information since their news alert announcing the investigation.

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