Authorities have charged a man in a late night shooting that sent two Memphis police officers to the hospital. Police charged Anthony Martin with two counts of attempted murder and possession of drugs with intent to sell. A police spokesman says Martin could face federal charges.
Officers Qadeer Smith and Myron Fair were trying to serve a warrant at a home on Lowell when someone opened fire. A bullet grazed Officer Smith. He was treated and released. But officer Fair's injuries were more serious. Surgeons removed a 9mm bullet from officer Fair's abdomen Thursday night. He's in serious but stable condition. The officers are part of the vice/narcotics squad.
A neighbor said there have been a lot of robberies in the community of late, and everyone's on edge. Neighbor Charles Clayton said, "If I'm in my drawers in my bed, I'm not going to get out of my bed and answer the door. But if you kick my door in, I got three children and my wife to protect. It's just like the police officers, they protect and serve. In my house I'm the law. I'm going to protect and serve."
The officers identified themselves beforehand and there was a marked patrol car outside the home. Then the shooting started. After the shooting, the suspect then opened the door and surrendered to police. Martin was taken into custody. Other members of his family who were in the house at the time of the incident were questioned and released. A search of Anthony Martin’s premises revealed additional weapons, drugs and cash. Memphis Police Department officers did not discharge their weapons at any time during this incident.
Police Director James Bolden is happy his officers were protected as much as possible. "Anytime that we go out on raids, then they will have on protective gear as a matter of fact. It may be credited with saving his life." Officer Fair is an 11-year veteran of the police department.
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