COLLIERVILLE, Tenn. (WMC) - A Collierville police officer shot a man Thursday morning.
Officials say it all started on the 200-block of South Byhalia Road where police were investigating possible drug activity.
According to the official narrative from Collierville PD, when officers approached a group of people in the parking lot a man took off running and refused to stop as officers chased him.
Collierville Police say the suspect fired shots at officers as he ran through a field.
One officer returned fire and hit the suspect. The suspect was taken to Regional One Hospital and at last check was in stable condition, according to police.
This is the second officer-involved shooting in Collierville in the past two months.
"You could be in the safest community possible and similar crime is going to happen. It doesn’t matter if you’re out in the country or if you’re in the metro area such as Memphis or Collierville,” said Richard Veness, resident.
Mayor Stan Joyner says the officers working in his town are some of the best.
“Rest assure that they’re being protected by some of the most dedicated, well-trained, professional law enforcement officers that any municipality would have,” said Joyner.
The officer who fired shots at the man was checked for minor injuries on the scene and was cleared. The officer’s name has not been released. The officer is on administrative leave.
Joyner says incidents like this one highlight the reality officers face every day.
“Obviously in this day and time they have to be prepared for the worst, pray for the best, but be prepared for the worst,” said Joyner.
Joyner also said police are seeing more activity near highways. This shooting happened near a busy intersection off of 385.
“We’re seeing some increased activity on exits. Points of ingress and egress of 385 and it will be a jump off, do the crime and jump back on and be gone,” said Joyner.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is still reviewing last month’s deadly officer-involved shooting in Collierville.