MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A Shelby County sheriff’s deputy was shot in the line of duty and a suspect was killed in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
SCSO Lt. Anthony Buckner confirmed that the deputy was shot at Eden at Watersedge apartments on Meadowlake Drive, near the area of Mt. Moriah and Mendenhall Roads.
Deputies arrived at the complex to search for the suspect, who has been wanted for several weeks. Several deputies chased the suspect before the shots were fired.
The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.
TBI later identified the victim as Keyshon Parham. Parham was wanted for a shooting on I-40 last week.
Police said 19-year-old Keyshon Parham was the person responsible for the Oct. 9 shooting at I-40 and Hollywood. Two of those five people were arrested, including one of the shooting victims.
TBI officials said two deputies shot Parham--neither was the one who was shot.
The deputy was rushed to the hospital in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the leg. His condition has since been upgraded to non-critical. Sheriff Floyd Bonner said the deputy is recovering with his family in the hospital. He’s been with the department for about 10 years.
While the sheriff's office just began a body camera rollout, it's not clear yet if any of the deputies involved were wearing one.
It’s unknown if Parham had a weapon.
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is investigating the shooting.
TBI public information officer Susan Niland said this is the sixth officer-involved shooting the agency has been requested to investigate this month alone.
"We want to make sure that all of these investigations are very thorough and very prepared,” Niland said.
On Monday, Shelby County Commissioners discussed a highly publicized resolution calling for TBI involvement in all officer-involved incidents involving critical injury.
We spoke to Shelby County Commission Chair Van Turner on Wednesday after the TBI announced the number of cases it’s been requested to investigate this month.
"The request may or may not be granted because it’s all based on the resources of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, which we totally understand, but I think making the request is just part of our due diligence, part of what we should do,” Turner said.
TBI said four Special Agents and one Special Agent in Charge responded to the scene Wednesday, along with the Violent Crime Response Team unit made up of six Special Agent Forensic scientists.