Memphis, TN – Two Memphis police officers remain hospitalized in critical condition after being shot while responding to a report of an armed subject at a convenience store in the Whitehaven area on Thursday night.
The incident began at approximately 7:30 p.m. on March 30, when the Memphis Police Department (MPD) received a report of an armed suspect at a store located in the 1200-block of East Raines Road, WREG reported.
When officers arrived at the scene, a subject matching the suspect’s description fled from them on foot, WMC reported.
Police said a brief foot chase spanning approximately one block ensued.
MPD Chief Cerelyn “C.J.” Davis said the gunman then shot two of the officers at close range, WREG reported.
One of the injured heroes was shot once and the other was shot twice, Chief Davis said.
She said both were hit in their lower extremities, according to WATN.
The unidentified suspect was shot three times.
The officers and the suspect were all rushed to Regional One Health hospital, where they were listed in critical but stable condition later in the night, WREG reported.
The MPD has not released the identities of the wounded officers.
Further details regarding what led up to the shooting are unclear.
Investigators shut down East Raines Road between Airways and Elvis Presley as the investigation into the attack continued.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) is leading the investigation with the assistance of the MPD, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Nashville Field Division, and the Memphis Field Office, WREG reported.
“I was deeply troubled upon hearing the news that two Memphis police officers suffered serious injuries during a shooting incident tonight in Whitehaven,” Shelby County Sheriff Floyd Bonner told WMC in the wake of the attack. “I am praying for these officers and their families. I urge all to offer their prayers and support.”
Two Memphis police officers shot and transported to the hospital.— Citizen Free Press (@CitizenFreePres) March 31, 2023
#BREAKING: Two Memphis Police Officers Have Been Shot And Critically Wounded, According To Chief Davis. #BreakingNews pic.twitter.com/jAWX1Peqwd— Breaking 4 News (@Breaking_4_News) March 31, 2023
A mobile command center just arrived on the scene where reports of two officers being shot took place. TBI is en route for a press conference. pic.twitter.com/dDN6OCXqUt— Lucas Finton (@LucasFinton) March 31, 2023
1200 Block of East Raines Road pic.twitter.com/vvzrbo7yv7— Memphis Police Dept (@MEM_PoliceDept) March 31, 2023
At the request of 30th District Attorney General Steve Mulroy, TBI special agents are responding to the scene of an officer-involved shooting on East Raines in Memphis.— Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (@TBInvestigation) March 31, 2023
Media: @TBIKeli will provide an update from then scene when possible. pic.twitter.com/OTMHstKp5E
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