Officers hurt responding to domestic violence call - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Brooke Sanders

Officers hurt responding to domestic violence call

Two Memphis police officers were injured during a fight with a suspect around midnight Wednesday while responding to a domestic violence dispute in the 1300 block of Snowden.

According to police, the officers were speaking to a woman at the home when a man drove into the yard and jumped out of a van hollering.

The officers say they attempted to calm the man down, but he reached into his pockets, sparking a physical altercation between the man and police.

Police say the suspect nearly got a hold of an officer's gun.

The officers eventually subdued the suspect and arrested him. He is charged with aggravated assault.

Police say the man had been drinking and has a history of mental problems.

One officer received a bloody nose, while the other injured his back.

Lt. Mark McClain of the Memphis Police Department says walking into a domestic violence situation is always dangerous.

"They are fairly good size officers, as well. But when the adrenaline is pumping and a person is highly upset, it's difficult to take them into custody," said McClain. "Sometimes it takes more than two officers."


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