Deputy recovering after shootout that left suspect dead

Deputy recovering after shootout that left suspect dead

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - A Shelby County deputy spent the night in the hospital after a shooting in South Memphis Wednesday.

The deputy and suspect exchanged gunfire at a mobile home on Hernando Road while deputies were trying to serve a warrant. Police said members of SCSO and Memphis Police Department were at the scene when they found an armed person and some sort of altercation occurred, leading to gunfire.

The suspect, who has not been identified, was killed in the exchange and died at the scene.

The deputy who was shot was rushed to the hospital in critical condition, but was then upgraded to non-critical. Officers say he was shot five or six times in the arm and leg. Thursday morning, he was released from the hospital.

A second officer who was injured has been treated and released. He was reportedly bitten by a dog.

Residents at the mobile home park said they ducked for cover when they heard the gunshots.

“I was going over to my neighbor’s and I heard my maintenance guy say, ‘get in the house and get down,’” Baylee Carnahan said.

One neighbor said the man who was killed has been in jail before and had a gun charge.

Dozens of officers swarmed Regional One Wednesday afternoon after the news broke.

Law enforcement radio transmissions from Broadcastify reveal a few details.

“Give me a little bit of airtime. It is a sheriff’s deputy, not an MPD Officer. It’s a sheriff’s deputy. I show you all heading to the Med.”

“We have an officer that was shot multiple times. We’ve got a second officer that we believe was bit by a dog.”

Deputy Chief Scott Wright says the deputy who was shot has about 15 years of experience. He said the deputy was wearing a bullet-resistant vest at the time of the shooting and is expected to be okay.

"You know he was just kind of sitting up, kind of smiling, like, ‘I’m still here,’ so he was in good spirits,” said Wright.

Sheriff Floyd Bonner is currently out of town, but he has spoken to the injured deputies via phone.

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has taken over the investigation.

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