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Off-Duty Officer Shoots Gun-Wielding Felon At House Party

Memphis, TN – An off-duty Memphis police officer was injured during a violent confrontation with a convicted felon who was armed with a gun on Sunday, according to police.

The incident occurred at 4229 Timber Rise Road at approximately 1:15 a.m. on Nov. 8, the Memphis Police Department (MPD) said in a press release.

According to investigators, 29-year-old Juan Davis fired multiple rounds into the air after a disagreement at a house party.

The armed felon then began approaching an off-duty MPD officer, ignoring his commands, the department said.

The unnamed officer fired his own weapon, striking Davis.

A neighbor told WMC she was asleep in her bed when she awoke to the sound of gunfire.

Another resident who has lived on the block for nearly two decades said the entire situation was “disconcerting.”

“With the exception of one other incident that happened right down here a few years ago, this has been a pretty quiet neighborhood,” he told WMC.

Davis was transported to St. Francis Hospital in a private vehicle, and has been listed in “non-critical condition,” according to the MPD.

The off-duty officer suffered a hand injury during the incident, WMC reported.

He remained at the scene to speak with investigators before being transported to Methodist Germantown for treatment, according to police.

The officer has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation, as per protocol.

Davis has been charged with convicted felon in possession of a handgun, reckless endangerment, and aggravated assault, according to the MPD.

Neighbors said that there shouldn’t have been a party at the house in the first place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, WMC reported.

“That’s kind of ridiculous in my estimation,” one resident said. “We should be trying to protect each other.”

“I don’t really think that now is the time to do any parties, especially with the numbers going up,” another neighbor agreed.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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