MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - An officer shot a man Friday evening at a Frayser shopping center, according to Memphis Police Department.
MPD said officers were called to the shopping center, which is located at the intersection of Range Line Road and Frayser Boulevard, at 6:30 p.m. because a group of 4-5 men were threatening customers.
When officers arrived, one of the men was detained, but three others ran off. Officers ran after them.
One of the suspects reportedly turned back and pointed a gun at the officers. At that point, one officer opened fire on the suspect.
The officer has been relieved of duty pending the outcome of the investigation.
Witnesses started recording video when they saw a man face-down on the ground with officers around him. Those witnesses said the man was shot while he was running away.
"I saw the police coming across the parking lot full speed, and at that point I stood up on the side of my truck to see what was happening. I just wanted to see what was going on. As soon as the police got on them. They jumped out of the car and maybe five seconds, I heard 2 to 3 shots and I got down and covered my head," witness Jordan Jeffries said.
WMC Action News 5 crews arrived on the scene shortly thereafter. They saw an ambulance leaving the shopping center with a police escort.
MPD said the suspect who was shot was taken to the hospital in critical condition.
MPD also said officers recovered a handgun from the scene. Investigators determined the gun was stolen out of Mississippi.
"Where I was and from what I saw, he didn't have time to even breath, let alone reach in his pocket or reach behind his back and pull something out," Jeffries said.
The investigation into what happened is ongoing.