MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A man is behind bars after allegedly shooting at police and 13 other people in a Memphis apartment complex.
On Jan. 10, officers responded to the Highland Meadows Apartments on Airways Boulevard just after 3 a.m. Monday for a shots fired call.
As officers investigated, police observed Cheyenne Meadows sitting in a 2006 gray Dodge ram pick-up truck facing northbound on Airways Boulevard, the affidavit said.
According to police, officers were standing in an illuminated area between the Meadows and an apartment building when he began shooting at police and fled northbound on Airways Boulevard.
The officers said they took cover for their safety and put out a broadcast of the suspect’s car.
According to records, the suspect was seen by officers a few blocks away from the incident location and a traffic stop was conducted at Millbranch and Hester.
The suspect was arrested.
When officers approached the car, officers found a black assault rifle lying on the passenger seat of the car and several spent shell casings throughout the cab of the car, an affidavit said.
An officer arrived at the location of the traffic stop and identified the car as the same car he observed on Airways Boulevard and also identified Meadows as the individual who fired a shot at him, records show.
As their investigation continued, several residents within the complex made calls to MPD advising their apartments had also been shot.
According to police, officers returned to the original scene and began canvassing the area.
Officers found several apartment units on Scenic Pines riddled with bullet holes.
According to court documents, an investigation revealed that a total of 13 victims were inside the apartment units. 11 of the victims were adults and two of the victims were children.
The officers were in the direct line of fire between the Meadows and the apartment complex during the shooting.
Meadows was taken in for more questioning and stated he was in the area of Highland Meadows Apartments but he did not deploy his rifle and said the shell casings found in the car were from shooting at a fox earlier on in the day, the affidavit said.
Court records show he is charged with 18 counts of criminal attempt first-degree murder, 15 counts of criminal attempt second-degree murder, four counts with the employment of a firearm with intent to commit a felony, two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of burglary and one count of possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
Meadows is due in court on Jan. 12.
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