North Memphis store sprayed with gunfire

A north Memphis convenience store parking lot turned into a crime scene Tuesday night.
Police say two officers drove up on a drug deal in progress in the parking lot at Chelsea and May.
When one of the officers ordered a suspect out of the SUV involved, investigators say the suspect gunned the engine.

Sgt. Vince Higgins with the Memphis Police Department says, "He ran over the officer, knocked him down and dragged him some 10 to 12 feet."

With the officer down, police say his partner opened fire hitting the SUV several times as it sped off.

Higgins continues, "Emotions run high, adrenaline runs high, but at the same time these officers are trained for these eventualities."

But while the officers may be trained to keep a cool head, for the owner of the convenience store where this all went down it's not so easy.

Store owner Mohammed Jama says, "This could happen anywhere in Memphis anymore, you know, you're not safe anymore."

Not safe in a neighborhood this store owner says is plagued with drugs and violence, once again crawling with police looking for evidence.

Jama continues, "This is not the best area in Memphis, you know, it happens all the time, we have shootings all the time."

But this time those shots came from a police officer after a drug dealer took down his partner.

Higgings continues, "Right now it looks like he's going to be OK, but we just keep hope a live and pray."

And while the MPD prays for its officer to recover, this store owner says he'll pray for his neighborhood to recover from another violent night.