TBI: Store clerk helped set up robbery that led to deputy’s shooting

TBI: Store clerk helped set up robbery that led to deputy’s shooting

FAYETTE COUNTY, TN (WMC) - The TBI identified Christopher Dewayne Lee as the suspect involved in the shooting of a Fayette County deputy Thanksgiving morning, while the officer responded to a reported robbery in Oakland.

Fayette County deputy shot, suspect in custody

TBI agents say gas station clerk Jessica Gardner helped planned the robbery that led to the shooting.

Ricky Wilson, spokesman for the sheriff’s office, said a robbery was reported around 7:45 a.m. at Murphy’s Express at 6715 Highway 64.

Suspect identified in Fayette County deputy shooting

When deputies arrived the 21-year-old ran into a nearby wooded area. They found him in a ditch about 200 yards north of the gas station.

Wilson said Lee exchanged fire with deputies, hitting one of them before running to a nearby Texaco where he carjacked a bystander and took off down Highway 64.

The suspect in a Fayette County deputy's shooting crashed after a chase on Thanksgiving morning. (Source: WMC5)
The suspect in a Fayette County deputy's shooting crashed after a chase on Thanksgiving morning. (Source: WMC5)

Memphis police officers assisted Fayette County in capturing the suspect once he entered city limits. Lieutenant Karen Rudolph with MPD says the suspect crashed near Highway 64 and Rockcreek Parkway.

Lou DiMarzo was at a nearby gas station and watched as the chase ended.

“I heard this loud bang noise like bang bang bang, and I jumped up and I see this car flipping about 10 times right over here,” said DiMarzo.

WMC was also present as Lee and the deputy arrived to Regional One to be treated.

A Fayette County deputy was taken to Regional One in Memphis after being shot while responding to a robbery Thanksgiving morning. (Source: WMC5)
A Fayette County deputy was taken to Regional One in Memphis after being shot while responding to a robbery Thanksgiving morning. (Source: WMC5)

The deputy is in ICU, but he and Lee are both expected to make a full recovery.

No other officers or deputies were injured.

A Fayette County ambulance arrives at Regional One after a deputy is shot responding to a robbery. (Source: WMC5)
A Fayette County ambulance arrives at Regional One after a deputy is shot responding to a robbery. (Source: WMC5)

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