3 detained after MPD officer shot in Southwest Memphis

Published: Aug. 31, 2022 at 1:16 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 1, 2022 at 4:57 AM CDT
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - A Memphis police investigation to crack down on car thefts took a dangerous turn Wednesday afternoon when a Memphis police officer was shot.

“Part of this whole operation was to identify locations where stolen vehicles had been left,” said Police Chief C.J. Davis. “We had several locations in the city that had been used to drop off stolen vehicles.”

The incident happened at the corner of Horn Lake Road and Horn Lake Cove just before 12:30 p.m.

Davis said officers were running license plates on vehicles after getting tips there were stolen vehicles in the area. Davis said two of the plates came back as stolen.

As officers were leaving the area, Davis said one or more suspects fired shots at police.

“Those individuals chased the officer’s vehicle as well,” she said.

The officer who was shot was taken to Regional One Hospital in critical but stable condition.

The officer has since been released.

Police say the suspect was in a silver Infiniti, with chrome factory wheels and tinted windows. The license plate is Tennessee 2X45F8.

Police also say another officer rushed to the area to assist after the shooting and was involved in a crash.

That officer is still in the hospital in non-critical condition.

A citizen was also injured in that crash and was treated for their injuries. The civilian is listed as critical.

Davis said three people have been detained.

Those people have not been charged and are considered persons of interest.

“We have been working to surprise auto thefts in this city and that’s a challenge that the department — and not just the department, but the nation — has had as it relates to carjackings and other serious, egregious types of auto thefts,” Davis said.

Police say officers chased the three and took them into custody after their vehicle crashed on Sunvalley Drive.

The MPD cruiser that was involved in the crash.
The MPD cruiser that was involved in the crash.(Action News 5)

“I work for the City of Memphis and it’s sad. It’s sad, you know? They’re out here protecting and serving,” said neighbor Keio Raimey. “My condolences to the family... hope the officer is doing okay.”

Geeter K-8 and Doubletree Elementary went on lockdown as a precaution, but that lockdown has since been lifted.

“It’s too close to home. You got kids here every day,” said parent Laquawanta Bovo.

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says they have not been called in to assist.

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