Robbers force disabled veteran to ground, police officer intervenes

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - There was an officer-involved shooting just before midnight Wednesday, according to Memphis Police Department.

Police said the shooting happened on Jackson Avenue near the corner of North Manassas Street at Twins World Market when an officer noticed a robbery in progress.

There were three armed suspects on the scene attempting to carjack a male victim who was walking to his vehicle, according to Memphis PD.

The officer, who was on a routine patrol, attempted to intervene in the carjacking attempt.

One of the suspects shot at the police officer, according to Memphis PD. Police said the officer returned fire, and no one was hit. The suspects fled the scene, and at this point, no one is in custody.

The officer who returned fire has been routinely relieved of duty pending the outcome of an investigation, according to Memphis PD. But, the victim said the officer saved his life and he's glad the officer intervened.

"I thought I was going to die," victim Lorenzo Lane said.

Lane said he knew his life was over when he said three men covered their faces and wore bandanas, ambushed him and his father after leaving a convenience store Wednesday night.

"It was devastating," Lane said. "We both could have been wounded or killed."

He said the men forced them to the ground, asked for their keys and cash, and then fired warning shots.

Lane is a disabled Army veteran and walks with a cane. He said bullet holes left behind from the suspects are a reminder of his close call.

Now, he said the police officer who stepped in is his angel.

"It was just a blessing," Lane said. "When they went to shooting, it just so happens that the police came up by the grace of God and went to shooting behind."

Lane has a message for those who tried to rob him and his father.

"It's better ways of getting money," Lane said.

The suspects are three black males. The first suspect is described at 5 feet 9 inches tall with light complexions and approximately 18-25 years old. The victim told police that he was armed with an automatic weapon.

The second suspect is described at 5 feet 10 inches tall and armed with a shotgun.

The third suspect is described at 5 feet 6 inches tall with a heavier build, and he was armed with a handgun.

Anyone with information about this incident should call Crime Stoppers 901-528-CASH.

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