Man on TBI's Top 10 Most Wanted injured in police shootout; officer hit by car

Man on TBI's Top 10 Most Wanted injured in police shootout; officer hit by car
Sequne Copeland (SOURCE: TBI)
Sequne Copeland (SOURCE: TBI)

RIPLEY, TN (WMC) - Two suspects were shot and a Ripley, Tennessee, officer was hit by a car that tried to take off during a traffic stop.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is investigating the incident at the request of District Attorney General Mike Dunavant.

TBI officials said Ripley officers received a tip about the location of wanted fugitive Sequna Copeland, who is currently on the TBI Top 10 Most Wanted list. Officials said the female driver drove off after the stop. The officer then ran after the suspect.

Copeland was on the TBI's Most Wanted list with charges for Hobbs Act robbery, accessory after the fact, and false declaration before the grand jury. However, he also pleaded guilty in 2010 to facilitation of second-degree murder.

Another patrol car arrived to provide additional support, and the female driver began going in reverse toward the officer who was running after her. The officer then fired several shots at the suspects in the vehicle and was hit by the car.

The driver took off again toward two other officers. The officers then fired shots at the vehicle, hitting both suspects.

The female driver has not yet been identified.

Both suspects were taken to the hospital in non-critical condition. According to officials at Regional Medical Center, Copeland has since been treated and was sent to jail.

TBI officials do not know the extent of the officer's injuries, but said he was taken to the hospital in Memphis.

"It was surprising," Rebecca Ragsdale said. Ragsdale's home is within view of the shooting scene. "You don't see it very often around here, not on this street anyway."

"I'm glad the officer is okay," neighbor Brandon Ballard said. "That's good, you know, but it's crazy to hear something like this, this close to the neighborhood."

Ballard said his cousin heard the shots being fired.

"It's sad," Ragsdale said. "It's sad the world's done come to what it is."

The TBI is still investigating. They will turn over their results to the district attorney general when they are complete.

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