Memphis police searching for armed robbery suspects who fired shots at officers

Published: Jan. 24, 2022 at 11:24 PM CST
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Two men are on the run after Memphis Police say they robbed a Sonic restaurant and got into a shootout with officers Monday night.

Police say officers were flagged down shortly after 9 p.m. regarding an armed robbery at the Sonic restaurant on South Perkins Road. A woman advised two armed suspects robbed the business.

Police say the suspects fired shots at the responding officers, striking their squad car. Officers returned fire.

No officers or victims were injured. Memphis police say it is currently unknown if a suspect was struck.

Memphis Police say the two male suspects are responsible for multiple business robberies in the Memphis area.

They were caught on camera holding up the Sonic. Store surveillance footage shows two armed men walking into the business and demanding cash from employees.

Moments later, they leave with the cash; one even skips out the door.

Tuesday, the restaurant was closed for business. People patronizing neighboring businesses had choice words for the suspects, who police say even took the cash from employees’ aprons.

“People work hard for the things they have and nobody wants nothing taken from them, and you shouldn’t be shooting at the police either. Lock them up I say,” said one customer.

“They need to go to work,” said another customer. “Get a job so they won’t have to do that and then having a shootout afterward. That’s crazy.”

Memphians who live nearby like Kenneth Roberts, were shocked to hear a robbery happened in such a busy area.

“There’s some crazy stuff that’s happening in our area every day,” said Roberts. “I just wish all this crime would stop you know?”

Another Parkway Village resident, Rolliae Fisher, offered up a prayer

“Let’s just keep us stayed up and prayed up through this pandemic and all right here, because I tell you,” said Fisher. “It’s something terrible around here but let’s keep our faith and let’s stay prayed up in the name of Jesus.”

This is the third Sonic hit by robbers this month. Memphis Police told Action News 5 they have not determined whether Monday night’s crime is connected to any other incident.

No arrests have been made. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH.

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