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Man Steals Gun From Crime Scene While Police Aid Shooting Victim

Memphis, TN – A man stole a gun from a crime scene at a gas station while police were helping a victim and then sold it for drugs.

Police went to a store at about 10 a.m. Oct. 15 and found a man who’d been shot, according to WREG.

Officers provided aid to the man before he was transported to the hospital in critical condition. He later died.

When police reviewed the security footage they saw someone throw a silver handgun next to the store counter, according to WREG.

Video captures the moment that Joe Griggs picked up the gun as the officers were helping the shooting victim.

Griggs put the gun in his back pocket and left, the video showed.

The police were able to track down Griggs, who was a regular at the store, according to WREG.

Police said that Griggs confessed and told them that the gun was in his room.

However, the gun they found in Griggs’ room was not the same one as used in the shooting.

Griggs then confessed to selling the gun from the crime scene to someone for crack cocaine, according to WREG.

Police charged Griggs with tampering with evidence, theft of property and false reporting, according to WREG.

Police believe that the fatal shooting at the gas station was part of a bigger crime spree.

Another shooting victim was dropped off at a fire station at about 11 a.m., according to WREG.

Written by
Tom Gantert

Tom Gantert graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Tom started in the newspaper business in 1983. He has worked at the Jackson Citizen Patriot (Michigan), Lansing State Journal (Michigan), Ann Arbor News (Michigan), Vineland Daily-Journal (Michigan), North Hills News Record (Pennsylvania) and USA Today (Virginia). He is also currently the managing editor of Michigan Capitol Confidential, a daily news site of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. Tom is the father of a Michigan State Police trooper.

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