Officer uses Taser to end standoff peacefully

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A standoff on Norris Road near Elvis Presley Boulevard ends with the suspect in custody and a victim in critical condition. It was a frightening standoff that ended peacefully in the 1200 block of Norris Road.

Memphis Police Department is shedding light on how they were able to disable an armed suspect with non-lethal force Tuesday night.

MPD said a woman called the police claiming her boyfriend was shot by his roommate Derek Shaw. She told police she heard three shots inside the house. When police arrived the door to the home was locked. Officers repeatedly heard someone screaming inside the home, and when they were able to get inside they said they saw a man holding a gun.

The officer used a stun gun to de-escalate the situation. It is a decision neighbors are applauding, but said needs to be done more often.

"It should be for every situation, not just that," resident Levi Williams said.

People who live in the area said the officer made the right decision by using the stun gun instead of a gun. Some believe every officer should carry a stun gun.

"I would rather see it out here on the streets," Williams said.

Williams said having a stun gun, she believes, would cause the officers to not draw their guns so quickly.

The victim was taken to Regional Medical Center in critical condition but has since been upgraded to non-critical.

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