MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Three men are behind bars after Memphis police officers opened fire on a car theft suspect at the Goodwill Village Apartments near Peres Avenue and North Hollywood Street.
According to Memphis Police Department, three suspects were sitting inside a stolen car near the apartment complex around 3:30 a.m. Monday. Police officers said the suspects had several weapons inside the car.
"Officers approached the vehicle and observed multiple parties inside that appeared to be armed with multiple weapons," Interim Memphis Police Director Mike Rallings said.
According to the police report, one suspect, Terry Pegues was arrested immediately. Another suspect, Timmie Winslele, tried to run from officers. Officers arrested him shortly afterwards.
Officers said the driver, Jamal Swift, accelerated the car towards six officers. That's when they fired shots at Swift.
Swift then crashed the car into a parked car and ran. A K-9 officer eventually caught him.
Initially, there were reports of a shootout between officers and the suspects, but police later clarified and said the suspects did not shoot their weapons.
No officers were injured.
Swift was then taken to the hospital in non-critical condition. Rallings said it is unclear at this time whether the suspect was bitten by the K-9 officer or if he was shot.
The apartments are familiar with bad publicity. Earlier this year, the property manager was ordered to environmental court for violations of crime, filth, and rodents.
Tasheka Jones said waking up to police sirens did not surprise her.
"I stepped outside and was shaking my head because, I mean, it ain't nothing new over here," Jones said.
Jones said she is no stranger to violent streets. Her sister Latara Jones was killed earlier this year from gunfire.
"I'm shell shocked. I hear a gun, I'm going to get down and going to run," Jones said.
She said it is a normally quiet neighborhood, and the crime is coming from visitors.
"Dudes coming over [and] taking over," Jones said. "My kids, nieces, and nephews don't come outside no more because of what's happening over here."
She said she welcomes the police presence if it means she and her family are safer.
Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said the officer-involved shooting will be thoroughly investigated.
"Anytime there is an officer-involved shooting, you have to wait until the facts come out before you come to a conclusion, so that's what I ask people to do," Strickland said.
All officers involved are relieved of duty pending an investigation, as is Memphis Police Department policy for all officer-involved shootings.