MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Memphis Police Department is investigating a shooting at a solid waste facility after a potential robbery victim shot at a suspect.
The shooting happened on North Bellevue Boulevard near 6:30 a.m.
Police said an employee was sitting in his car when two armed men approached him with the intent to rob him.
The employee had a gun in his car and fired, hitting one of the suspects. He was taken to the hospital in critical condition.
The second suspect ran away and was uninjured.
The suspects did not fire any shots during the exchange; the employee was unharmed.
Police say the employee had a gun in his car, and he shot and hit one of the suspects.
"He was inside of his vehicle, so he has a right to have his weapon inside his car,” said MPD Lieutenant Karen Rudolph.
Attorney William Massey said a person has a right to defend themselves in certain cases and the car is an extension of someone’s home.
"Anytime someone has a reasonable belief that he’s in imminent danger of death or serious bodily injury, that person is entitled to use deadly force,” Massey said.
We asked the City of Memphis if there's a policy involving employees having guns on city property or while on the job.
The city says the investigation is ongoing and they’ll pass along more information when they have it.
Police are unsure if the suspects knew the worker.
There’s no description on the suspect who escaped other than he is wearing all black.