Sheriff’s office identifies Fayette County deputy shot on Thanksgiving day

Sheriff’s office identifies Fayette County deputy shot on Thanksgiving day
Fayette County Deputy Jimmy Pardue was shot Thursday, Nov. 22 while responding to a gas station robbery in Oakland. (Source: FCSO)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office has identified a deputy who was shot on Thanksgiving day while responding to a gas station robbery.

Deputy Jimmy Pardue was shot Thursday morning while responding to a robbery at Murphy’s Express in Oakland. According to investigators, Christopher Lee ran from the gas station but exchanged fire with responding deputies, injuring Pardue.

TBI: Store clerk helped set up robbery that led to deputy’s shooting

Lee was arrested after investigators say he stole a car at a nearby Texaco and crashed it on Highway 64. He went to the hospital for evaluation but has since been booked into the Shelby County Jail along with the gas station’s clerk, Jessica Gardner, who investigators say helped plan the robbery.

Christopher Lee and Jessica Gardner (Source: TBI)
Christopher Lee and Jessica Gardner (Source: TBI) (WMC Action News 5)

Pardue was rushed to Regional One Hospital where he underwent surgery. He’s expected to recover after spending a few days in the intensive care unit.

Pardue has worked with the sheriff’s office for three years. He started at the jail before becoming a patrolman.

Pardue previously worked with the Collierville Police Department.

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