MEMPHIS, TN - (WMC-TV) – A Memphis Police officer is recovering at the Med along with the suspect accused of shooting him.
At last check the injured officer was alert and speaking with family. The suspect is in non-critical condition as well after a shootout that had many others in a busy area ducking for cover.
"Police were shooting, the dude was shooting, they were shooting at each other," a witness recalled.
A shoot-out between Memphis Police and a shotgun-toting suspect played out at Getwell and Barron just as rush hour was filling the area with people.
13 year-old Tiara Isaac's mother commanded her to hit the ground as shots rang out.
"She was telling us to duck and swearing trying to get us away from the stuff," Isaac said.
Police initially responded to reports of an armed man in a nearby neighborhood. They finally found the suspect in the area of busy shopping centers. There are conflicting reports from witnesses about whether he threatened to kill himself before police say he fired at officers.
"The suspect did shoot at the officers, officers returned fire shooting the suspect," Sgt. Karen Rudolph with Memphis Police said.
A sea of blue lights escorted ambulances to The MED where both the injured suspect and officer were taken in non-critical condition.
"This is a constant reminder of what our officers do on a daily basis," Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong said.
Police are still investigating why the suspect was armed. Neither he nor the officer have been identified.
Police Director Toney Armstrong told us it was surreal being down here on the eve of the one year anniversary of the shooting death of officer Tim Warren who was gunned down at the Doubletree Hotel.