Off-duty MPD officer shot near St. Jude Children’s Hospital early Tuesday morning

WATCH: Off-duty MPD officer shot near I-40 underpass, suspects on the run

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Investigators with the Memphis Police Department are searching for suspects after an off-duty MPD officer was shot Tuesday morning.

The shooting happened around 6:30 a.m. Police said the officer was working for St. Jude Children’s Hospital when he received information that there were two males prowling vehicles on North Lauderdale near the I-40 underpass.

The officer checked the area and he noticed a suspect breaking into a black truck that was parked under the I-40 underpass.

When the officer approached the suspect, he yelled “POLICE.” That’s when officers said the suspect ran and jumped into the passenger’s seat of an older model black Pontiac with temp tags.

The driver drove off and made a u-turn traveling southbound on Lauderdale, then turned eastbound on Alabama.

The vehicle then stopped and shot the off-duty MPD officer in the arm. The officer was taken to Regional One in non-critical condition.

Police have not identified the officer shot. MPD is still searching for the suspects at this time.

St. Jude Children’s Hospital released the following statement:

“The safety of our patients and employees is always our No. 1 priority. As confirmed by the Memphis Police Department, this happened to an off-duty police officer working security at St. Jude. This incident happened outside the gates of St. Jude, on North Lauderdale near the I-40 underpass. The officer is being treated at Regional One and is in non-critical condition. We are thankful for this officer’s service to keep the St. Jude campus safe and are grateful he’s OK.

The campus gate on North Lauderdale will be closed until the scene is cleared and security has assessed that it’s safe to reopen.”

If you have any information on this case, please call Crime Stoppers at 528-CASH.

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