Suspect charged after carjacking, shots fired at MPD officer ends in I-55 crash

Published: Apr. 24, 2023 at 5:32 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 27, 2023 at 9:35 PM CDT
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Demarcus Chambers, 39
Demarcus Chambers, 39(Shelby County Sheriff's Office)

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. (WMC) - The Southaven Police Department says a man is in custody after leading police on a chase from Memphis to Southaven after allegedly carjacking a vehicle and shooting at an MPD officer Monday evening.

Police say it took a bullet and four crashes to stop the suspect who was first accused of aggravated assault in Parkway Village.

Memphis police say at 4:33 p.m., a citizen flagged down an officer at the intersection of Allshore Street and Almo Avenue, accusing the suspect, Demarcus Chambers, 39, of aggravated assault.

Police say Chambers sped away in a black Ford Expedition and proceeded to crash into a vehicle at Perkins and Winchester Roads before crashing into another vehicle at Shelby Drive and Tchulahoma Road.

Police say after Chambers wrecked a third time at Shelby Drive and Airways Boulevard, he exchanged shots with an MPD officer.

The crash at Airways Boulevard and Shelby Drive
The crash at Airways Boulevard and Shelby Drive(Action News 5)

The officer was not injured, but Chambers was struck, police say.

Despite being injured, Chambers then carjacked a red GMC Envoy and headed for DeSoto County.

According to the Southaven Police Department, at 4:51 p.m., officers were notified Chambers was traveling south on Airways Boulevard toward Southaven.

Southaven officers then saturated the area and found Chambers on Goodman Road. Officers attempted to stop him, but he took off on I-55 North.

Officers were able to stop Chambers just south of Stateline Road by using a tactical vehicle intervention maneuver.

After crashing out, police say Chambers was then taken into custody.

Police also say he was transported to Regional One Hospital in non-critical condition.

Chambers is charged with two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of attempted first-degree murder, theft of property, being a convicted felon in possession of a handgun, and intentionally evading arrest in auto.

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