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Police searching for suspect who shot MPD sergeant

(WMC-TV) - Memphis Police are searching for the man responsible for shooting one of their own.

Memphis Police Sergeant Norman Benjamin was recovering in the ICU at the MED Sunday.

Benjamin was shot while on duty just before 1:00 p.m. Saturday in a parking lot near Summer and Avon.  The circumstances leading up to the shooting are still unclear.

Benjamin is a detective with the auto theft unit.  He was on duty, but not responding to a call when he was shot.  At the time, he was in an unmarked police car and was reportedly wearing a suit, not a uniform.

Police have not confirmed if Benjamin was the victim of a robbery attempt or if the shooting was related to his investigation.  They said he was shot after a fight over a weapon.

Memphis Police Association Vice President Michael Williams said Benjamin handled the situation well.

"If he was on duty, he probably had a weapon on him," said Williams.  "He may not have been able to get to his weapon.  At that time, he was probably trying to disarm the suspect, because if he wasn't trying to engage Sgt. Benjamin, he was probably going to try to engage someone else."

Williams said Benjamin, a 14-year veteran of the Memphis Police Department, is the fourth MPD officer to be shot in four months.  He said that is unusual.

Elaine Hall is Benjamin's fiance.  They have been together for 12 years.

"Love the people you're with every second you can," said Hall.  "Because you never know what tomorrow brings.

Hall has not been allowed in the ICU, but she has been able to talk to Benjamin over the phone.  Tubes in his mouth made the conversation difficult.

"We said, 'I love you,' and I told him I wished he would hurry up and get better," she said.

The suspect in this case is still on the loose.  He is described as a man with a dark complexion, long black hair, wearing a black cut-off t-shirt and dark pants.

If you know anything that could help, call 901-528-CASH.

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