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Off-duty sheriff's deputy charged in Friday morning shooting

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Chris Jones (pictures courtesy Shelby County Sheriff's Department) Chris Jones (pictures courtesy Shelby County Sheriff's Department)

An off-duty Shelby County sheriff's deputy has been charged with fatally shooting a man and injuring another early Friday morning at a restaurant and bar in Memphis, officials said.

Investigators said the shooting happened just before 1:00 a.m. at the Wind Jammer restaurant, located in the 700 block of East Brookhaven Circle. The shooting, they said, apparently happened after an argument in the restaurant's parking lot.

The shooter was identified as Chris Jones, a member of the Shelby County Sheriff's Department, who was off-duty at the time.

Witnesses said an argument in the restaurant's parking lot between Jones and a 22-year-old male over a parking spot carried into the restaurant, where it escalated into the shooting.  The restaurant's DJ, Donald Munsey, was attempting to resolve the situation when a physical altercation began.  During the fight, Jones shot the two victims.

Officials said Munsey was wounded in the chest and transported to a hospital, where he later died. The 22-year-old man was shot in the buttocks. He remained in critical condition late Friday afternoon.

Multiple people witnessed the shooting and were questioned by Memphis police Friday, officials added.

Late Friday afternoon, Jones was charged with second degree murder in Munsey's death and attempted second degree murder in the shooting of the other man.

Jones, a member of the Shelby County Sheriff's Department for more than 15 years, is the son of former Memphis City Council member E.C. Jones.

Shelby County Sheriff's Department spokesperson Steve Shular said it is against the law for an off-duty officer to carry a gun into a bar. But, he said, deputies are allowed to carry their weapons elsewhere while off-duty.

Because the shooting involved a deputy, Shular said, the Shelby County Sheriff's Department was conducting its own investigation into the incident.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)


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