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Off-duty officer involved in shootout with burglars

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An off-duty police officer stopped a burglary next door and ended up in a shootout with the suspects.

It all started near Mason, Tennessee, when the Covington police officer confronted some burglary suspects at his neighbor's house. The officer's wife and child were sitting in the car nearby.

"I yelled at them, the passenger pulled out, reached out the window with a gun, fired. I don't know how many shots fired at me," said Covington police officer Michael Short. 

It was 8 a.m. Friday in a rural area near Mason. Short was putting his baby in a car seat as he and his wife were headed to Memphis for a doctor's appointment when he heard a banging noise at his neighbor's house.

"I knew he'd be at work," he said.

Short said he fired at the suspects, who fired at him. Then they drove around the neighbor's house and tried to get away.

"I yelled at my wife to call the police, then they shot a couple of more times towards my house. I shot back. They took off."

The suspects took off in a black Chevrolet Cobalt, wrecking not far away. After a search in a field, officers arrested and charged Cordarrell Montez Byars and Isaiah Lee Harris, who live in the area.

A gun stolen in another burglary was found in a field nearby.

Investigators said the Chevy Cobalt was taken from a house in the area. Officer Short, on the Covington Police Department for eight years, said this is the first time he has fired his weapon.

"My wife and baby are at home and to think that somebody that could possibly break into my house wife and I'm not there. That's what's really scary.”

The Tipton County Sheriff's office said this is an ongoing investigation.

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