Suspect shot, killed by police; officer hit by friendly fire - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Suspect shot, killed by police; officer hit by friendly fire

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Memphis police say the officer injured in a shooting, while serving a felony arrest warrant in the 4500 block of Aldridge Drive, was shot by a fellow officer.

Around 6:40 p.m. on Tuesday, police were at the Whitehaven home looking for 48-year-old Anthony Bess, who was wanted on an aggravated assault charge. 

The charge stemmed from an incident at a Collierville Kroger store, where an off-duty Memphis police officer was injured after trying to stop a shoplifting suspect on Tuesday, Feb. 3. Police identified that suspect as Bess.

On Tuesday, family members opened the door to officers and police saw Bess with his hands behind his back. Officers told him to show his hands. Bess refused at first and instead, pulled out a loaded .45 Ruger and pointed it at officers, according to police.

A preliminary investigation revealed one shot was fired by an officer, which hit Bess. Moments later, an MPD officer was shot in the arm by a fellow officer.

Bess died at the hospital; the officer was released from the hospital on Wednesday and is recovering at home.

"We are in the beginning stages of this investigation; however, I can assure you that this investigation will be thoroughly reviewed," said Director Toney Armstrong. "At this point, two MPD officers have been relieved of duty with pay pending the outcome of this investigation."

Police have not released the names of the officers involved in the shooting.

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