TBI investigating shooting during traffic stop involving Memphis police officer

Suspect in critical condition after exchanging gunfire with Memphis police office

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is investigating a shooting involving a Memphis police officer.

It happened around 7:45 p.m. Tuesday during a traffic stop on Summer Avenue.

Police say the officer exchanged gunfire with someone in the stopped car, but TBI is working to independently determine the order of events, how many shots were fired and other details about the incident.

According to police, the officer stopped a silver Infiniti, which pulled into an empty parking lot. As the officer approached the vehicle, police say someone inside the Infiniti started shooting.

Police say the officer returned fire and the vehicle took off. They say the officer then discovered one of the other person’s bullets entered an occupied vehicle on Summer, but no one in that car was hurt.

Memphis officer exchanges gunfire with suspect during traffic stop

Police say officers found a gun in the parking lot they believe was thrown or dropped from the Infiniti.

Around 9 p.m., a gunshot victim showed up at Regional One Hospital, and police believe that person was shot by the officer on Summer. A second person from the Infiniti was detained.

TBI was called in to investigate the incident Tuesday night and released their first statement about the investigation Wednesday. They said the person who arrived at the hospital with a gunshot wound is a woman but did not identify her. TBI is working to determine whether she is connected to the incident on Summer.

They’ll turn the completed investigation over to the Shelby County District Attorney General’s Office.

The officer is relieved of duty pending the outcome of the investigation. The officer is not being identified at this time.

This is the 17th shooting involving a police officer TBI has investigated this year and the first of the year in Memphis.

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