2 officers, suspect shot in Memphis
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC/Gray News) - The Memphis Police Department has confirmed that two unidentified officers were shot during an altercation with a suspect in Whitehaven on Thursday night.
The suspect was also shot, according to police.
Police said officers responded to an armed party call at a convenience store on East Raines Road at 7:31 p.m.
When officers arrived, they encountered an armed man outside the business who matched the description officers were given, police say.
According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, a brief foot chase took place within a one-block radius. During the chase, shots were fired
Memphis Police Chief CJ Davis said one officer was shot twice, the other once. The suspect was shot three times.
All three were taken to Regional One Health. At last check, all three are in critical but stable condition, Davis said.
The suspect has been identified by police as 47-year-old Charles Williams II, WMC reported. He’s charged with two counts of attempted second-degree murder and two counts of aggravated assault.
Williams remains in the hospital and will be booked into Shelby County Jail upon his release.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have been called to investigate
The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is also assisting.
“I was deeply troubled upon hearing the news that two Memphis police officers suffered serious injuries during a shooting incident tonight in Whitehaven,” said Shelby County Sheriff Floyd Bonner. “I am praying for these officers and their families. I urge all to offer their prayers and support.”
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