SCSO: Suspect fires weapon at officer, crashes after chase on I-240

Published: Feb. 1, 2022 at 10:17 AM CST|Updated: Feb. 1, 2022 at 11:17 AM CST
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Several Shelby County sheriff’s deputies are blocking traffic on I-240 due to an investigation.

Shelby County Sheriff’s Office says that a suspect shot at an officer’s vehicle, fled and crashed at I-240 and Highway 385.

Investigators say it started around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday when a deputy noticed a reckless driver at I-240 and 385. The deputy tried to initiate a traffic stop when the suspect allegedly shot at the vehicle on I-240 near Walnut Grove.

The suspect turned around at Sycamore View and I-40 heading south, according to SCSO. He sideswiped vehicles in his attempt to get away and ultimately crashed at the entry ramp to Highway 385 from I-240.

The suspect was taken into custody and taken to the hospital in non-critical condition.

SCSO says the suspect is wanted for questioning in a Memphis homicide investigation and was in possession of an illegal weapon.

No other injuries were reported.

Snapshots from the Tennessee Department of Transportation SmartWay cameras show an SCSO vehicle blocking the entry ramp to Highway 385 with several cars in the road and I-40 at Sycamore View is also shut down.

Another set of SCSO deputies shut down I-240 at Walnut Grove. Cars are being directed to exit the interstate.

This is an ongoing investigation.

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