MPD officer slightly injured after suspect flees - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

MPD officer slightly injured after suspect flees

A Memphis Police Officer was in good condition Thursday afternoon after a morning arrest attempt turned violent.

Thursday morning the officer was on routine patrol along St. Paul Avenue, near the former Locke Elementary, when he spotted Ray Armstrong, a suspect wanted in connection with a recent robbery.

Armstrong spotted the officer, and tried to get away, jumping into a parked car on the street. Inspector Mark Collins with the Memphis Police Department said that was when things became violent.

"The officer's arm was injured when it was slammed by the door," Collins said, "and the suspect began driving out of the driveway."

The officer was hurt, but managed to fire his gun. One shot shattered the car's driver's side window, but missed Armstrong, who got away.

Police searched for Armstrong for several hours by air and ground. Armstrong turned himself in Thursday afternoon.

Just an hour after the incident, the West Precinct officer who attempted the arrest was smiling and joking with his colleagues. A bandaged arm the only sign of the attempted arrest gone wrong.

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