Two Memphis Police TACT Unit officers are recovering at home Tuesday evening from being shot in the leg by a man who was found dead in a burned out home in South Memphis.
It was an incredibly chaotic day for Memphis Police that all started at the intersection of South Parkway and Worthington just after 1 p.m., and lasted well into the evening. The TACT Unit officers were looking to arrest 32-year-old Aaron Dumas, who was wanted for critically wounding his ex-girlfriend and her brother multiple times Oct. 7.
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But Dumas opened fire and then barricaded himself in his cousin's home for several hours before shooting another officer.
Police Director Toney Armstrong confirmed after a nearly five-hour standoff that the fugitive was found deceased inside the burned out home.
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Dumas opened fire on TACT Unit officers as they were trying to serve a warrant in the 1300 block of Worthington around 1:20 p.m. A CrimeStoppers tip helped lead police to Dumas.
The TACT unit was sent to the home because Dumas was considered dangerous and violent.
Police were given permission by the homeowner to search the home. During the search of the residence, officers encountered the suspect and were fired upon by Dumas.
He wounded Officer Timothy Jackson in the leg. Officers returned fire and set up a perimeter. Dumas then barricaded himself in the home.
Director Armstrong said his officers attempted to negotiate with Dumas but when negotiations broke down work, they released a chemical agent in the home. That's when Dumas shot at officers again from inside the home. As TACT UNit officers exchanged fire with the fugitive, one of the bullets from Dumas' gun struck Officer Paul Hutchison in the thigh.
Director Armstrong said Dumas then repositioned himself to the back of the home and set the house on fire.
The Memphis Fire Department was dispatched to the home to put the fire out. Though Dumas was found in a bathtub inside the burned out home, Director Armstrong was not quick to release too many details about the suspect's death.
Both wounded officers were rushed to The MED across town, lead by a caravan of their comrades. They were lucky to have been shot cleanly through the leg. Both were treated for non-critical wounds and released a short time later.
Director Armstrong said although it was a tough day, this is a happy ending considering two officers have already been killed in the line of duty in the last few years.
"This is a reminder of just how dangerous police work is," Director Armstrong said. "This is a reminder of what we have to deal with on a regular basis. Here you have an individual that shows he has no regard of human life. He shot four people with the intent of killing four people."
Officer Jackson, 26, has been employed with Memphis Police since July 2008, and has been assigned to the TACT Unit since June 2012. A friend of Officer Jackson told FOX13 News he was wounded by a grenade in Iraq during the War on Terror. After recovering from his wounds, he ran a triathlon.
Officer Hutchison, 34, has been employed with the police department since February 1998. He has been assigned to the TACT Unit since August 2008.
Dumas had a police record. He was previously accused of violence and arson according to court records.
Almost a year ago, Dumas was accused of setting fire to personal property but that case was disposed of in April.
Dumas is accused of having a violent streak as two protect orders were filed against him in 2009 and 2012 but both were apparently dropped. There was a new one pending from Angelique White, according to her father William White.
White didn't seem surprised Dumas shot two officers in the leg. The first officer shot when tried to serve an arrest warrant for attempted first degree murder of White's two children.
"He should have immediately handed himself in but because of the type of individual that he is and being a coward that he is, he did in order to survive," White said.
White met Dumas one time, during his daughter's graduation from the University of Memphis. He told Dumas to take care of his daughter. According to White, he failed to do that.
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