Off-duty deputy shot during robbery outside downtown apartment

(Source: WMC Action News 5)
(Source: WMC Action News 5)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - An off-duty Shelby County deputy was shot outside of his Downtown Memphis apartment early Monday morning.

The shooting happened around 5 a.m. Monday outside The Chisca on Main, formerly known as Hotel Chisca.

Shelby County Sheriff's Office said Sgt. Joey Moore was walking out of his apartment when someone tried to rob him. Moore tried to run away, but the robber shot him in the hip.

Moore, who has been with the department for 29 years, is at Regional Medical Center and will undergo surgery. His family said they are working with doctors to decide whether they should leave the bullet in his hip, but he is expected to be OK.

"According to his family, they may leave the bullet in just because of where it is," Shelby County Sheriff's Office spokesman Earle Farrell said.

Officers are still working to learn whether the shooting is related to a string of car burglaries that occurred Monday morning in the same neighborhood.

A 10-year-old girl in the area drew a picture for officers after she and her family saw them working hard to keep the area safe.

MPD has not released any information about who the shooter may be.

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